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  • Line fish with parmesan pea risotto

    Posted on June 13, 2016 by Admin

    Planning on hosting a dinner party to impress? Here's an elegant recipe by Chef Jean-Pierre from the Polo Club Restaurant.

    Ingredients for the fish

    250g x fresh fish fillet
    25g x unsalted butter
    50ml x white wine
    2g x Maldon salt
    1g x white pepper
    2g x fresh thyme, chopped
    2g x fresh Italian parsley, chopped
    1 x lemon, cut in half

    Method

    Heat a pan till it starts to smoke, then add the butter to the pan. Once the butter has melted, add the fish to pan and sear both sides.  Now add the white wine, thyme and parsley to the pan, then sprinkle over the fish the salt and pepper with the juice of half a lemon.  Now that the fish is browned all around, place the fish in a baking tray and pour the sauce from the pan over the fish and bake in the oven at 180 degrees Celsius for 6 minutes.

    Ingredients for risotto

    50g x arborio rice
    20g x red onion, chopped fine
    50g x peas
    40g x parmesan, grated
    3g x Maldon salt
    2g x white pepper
    25ml x cream
    50ml x white wine
    250ml x vegetable stock
    10g x garlic, thinly sliced
    20ml x olive oil, extra virgin

    Method

    In a stock pot, heat the pot and then add the oil. Now add the onions, garlic and arborio rice to the pot.  Keep stirring until it the rice starts to brown. Now add the white wine, salt and pepper to the rice and keep stirring.  Once all the wine has been absorbed, add 50ml of vegetable stock at a time to the rice, only add more stock once the first batch of stock has been absorbed. After about 8 minutes the risotto will be cooked and you can now add your peas, parmesan and cream to the rice.

    To plate, place the risotto in the middle of the plate and the fish on top of the risotto. Garnish with the other half of the lemon.


  • Gorgeous wedding highlights at Val de Vie

    Posted on June 9, 2016 by Admin

    FJS Productions never disappoints with their gorgeous wedding videography, so it was a real treat to see the wedding highlights of two stunning Val de Vie Weddings!

    Check out Andile and Akhona's special day, as well as Tracy and Colin's wedding.


  • Val de Vie Foundation introduced in The Valley of Life

    Posted on June 1, 2016 by janette

    As the late professional tennis player, Arthur Ashe once put it:

    “From what we get, we can make a living; what we give, however, makes a life.”

    And the truth of these words is echoed at leading lifestyle estate, Val de Vie, which appropriately means The Valley of Life in English. With a heart for giving back and from a point of authentic generosity, Val de Vie is proud to officially introduce the Val de Vie Foundation, a not-for-profit fund that aims to support and uplift less privileged communities within the Paarl-Franschhoek Valley and the greater Cape Winelands region.
    The purpose of the Val de Vie Foundation is to offer youth and leadership development, to enable access to education, to facilitate job creation and to carry out projects of social and spiritual concern for the relief of communities in distress.

    These operations are made possible through funds generated by third party contributions, homeowners’ association (HOA) levies, events and property sales. As of the beginning of 2015, 1 % of all property sales and 5 % of all new HOA levies have been put towards the Val de Vie Foundation. To date over R 6 million has been raised and it is expected that another R20 million will be added to this over the next five years.
    Comments Ryk Neethling, Marketing Director at Val de Vie Estate: “Since Val de Vie’s inception in 2006, we have placed a strong focus on giving back to the larger community. Established on what was then known as Kliprug Farm, Val de Vie undertook the process of re-housing 109 men, women and children to address the needs of resident farm labourers who were living in overcrowded dwellings that lacked basic amenities. We purchased homes for them in Paarl, at a total cost of R 7 million at the time, having consulted with these individuals to ensure that we provided them with what they required – homes close to amenities and schools.”

    Now one of the most esteemed residential estates in the country, Val de Vie regularly hosts charity events, such as the annual Cintron Pink Polo, last year’s Sentebale Cup – which saw Prince Harry participate in a game of polo for a greater cause – the Laureus Polo Cup and the Veuve Clicquot Masters.

    Neethling continues: “It is a privilege to be involved with events and initiatives that place such a strong focus on giving back, and it is with great enthusiasm that we introduce the Val de Vie Foundation. I believe that the impact that this foundation is going to have is going to be remarkable, resulting in change in the valley for years to come.”
    Comments Philip Green, Founder of non-profit organisaton, Hope Through Action and a Val de Vie resident: “Thanks to the Val de Vie Foundation’s ongoing support, we – at Hope Through Action – are able to facilitate the development of underprivileged young people’s life-skills through sport at two purpose built centres; one in Mbekweni and the other, in Groendal. The Val de Vie team’s passion for youth and leadership development is evident in all that they give, from financial input generated through the foundation to their time, enthusiasm and commitment.”

    The foundation boldly upholds a life-giving mission and a vision of expanding the Kingdom of God within the Paarl-Franschhoek Valley through loving actions that ultimately change lives.

    “To leave a legacy that will have a lasting, positive impact on the Berg River valley as a whole,” in the words of Val de Vie’s CEO, Martin Venter.

    “The Val de Vie Foundation enables the Khula Development Group to bring hope and restoration in the less fortunate communities of Paarl. Through unconditional love and daily contact with referred children, Khula creates an understanding of the importance of continued education,” comments Daleen Labuschagne, Director of Programme Organisations at Khula Development Group. “Love and education can empower a community to become the leaders of tomorrow. This would not be possible to achieve without the support of the Val de Vie Foundation.”

    Situated in what is arguably the country’s most beautiful region, Val de Vie chooses to look beyond the scenic splendour and its appealing lifestyle to where needs exist; to live out the principles upon which it was founded in order to offer hope and the chance for a better life to others.

    The foundation’s current strategic partners are:

    • Salt & Light
    • Hope Through Action

    For further information on the Val de Vie Foundation, contact Val de Vie on: +27 21 863 6100 or at: info@valdevie.co.za.

    The Val de Vie Foundation is a member of the Nation Builder initiative. For more, visit www.proudnationbuilder.co.za


  • More enchanting photos of Gareth and Kristin's wedding

    Posted on May 24, 2016 by Admin

    Here are some more stunning photos from Gareth and Kristin's wedding. The couple celebrated their special day on 12 March at Val de Vie. The couple reside in Australia and came home to South Africa for their special day. As one can imagine, it was a wonderful celebration and reunion with friends and family!

    For more lovely photos, visit photographer Darren Bester's website.


  • Nikki and Herschel's Wedding

    Posted on May 24, 2016 by Admin

    Nikki and Herschel's stunning Val de Vie wedding has been perfectly captured by Jani B photography. What a romantic and joyful day!

    View more photos of the celebration on Jani B's website.


  • Meet the Win A Home judges

    Posted on May 19, 2016 by Admin

    Win a Home, South Africa’s favourite interior design reality TV show, has teamed up with the glamorous hosts of Afternoon Express. Win a Home is brought to you by Private Property in proud association with Nedbank. Every weekday between 4pm and 5pm, from Monday 16th May 2016, a part of Afternoon Express is dedicated to the reality and real estate drama and high-design, of Win a Home, Season 3.

    Three design contestants have 10 weeks to turn three, white-box apartments, into luxurious homes on a prestigious lifestyle estate in the Cape Winelands. The design contestants are mentored by three of the country’s biggest design and decor magazines, who are guiding them on their design journey.  The design contestants are connected with leading, and up-and-coming product developers, artisans, artists, and creatives, collaborating to achieve the impressive standards of the previous seasons.

    The contestants have been selected and they are Minenhle Ntuli, Rudolph Jordaan and Juané Venter. Minenhle is 22 years old and hails from Durban. He has a Bachelors degree in Architectural studies from UKZN with two years experience at Stauch Vorster Architects. Bielle Bellingham, the editor of ELLE DECORATION magazine, will be Minenhle’s mentor.

    Rudolph Jordaan is a freelance designer in Cape Town, working on various design projects while lecturing at Inscape Education Group. The 28 year old completed a Bachelor’s in Design in 2009 before enrolling for a BTech Interior Design degree in 2012 at CPUT. Rudolph will be mentored by Michelle Snaddon, editor of Real Estate magazine.

    Juané Venter is a 25 year old freelance photographer and candidate architect at WAUW architects in Cape Town. She completed her Masters in Architecture in 2014 at the University of the Free State. Sumien Brink from VISI magazine will be mentoring Juané during her design journey.

    Every two weeks the designers present a completed space, which will be judged by a panel of design and property experts. Paint Partner Plascon will be providing the contestants with expert advice on colour to create on trend living spaces with premium quality paint, and the contestants are collaborating with Caesarstone, sculpting their quartz surfaces in new and imaginative ways.

    Speaking on behalf of one of the sponsors, Tim Akinnusi, Head of Sales and Client Management at Nedbank Home Loans says Win a Home continues to provide a unique opportunity for aspirant interior designers to bring new perspectives on home décor and design.

    “Nedbank is delighted to once again partner with the prestigious Win a Home show for the third year running. This is testament to the growing Win a Home franchise and its talkability within the home décor space. For Nedbank in particular; our involvement in Win a Home; provides us an opportunity to bring our home loans offering to life beyond just banking.”

    Excited to be a part of Win a Home for a third time, is Private Property CEO, Simon Bray. As headline sponsor, Simon is bringing us his expert advice on all things property, being the largest online property portal in South Africa.

    The design contestants are competing to win the Judges’ Choice Prize of a coveted internship with the global design studio ARRCC, which includes mentoring by the renowned Stefan Antoni, along with a R50 000 cash prize.

    They also need to impress the Win a Home and Afternoon Express viewers, who are able to vote for their favourite designs and designer. The contestant with the most votes, once the apartments are complete, will win the R50 000 Viewers’ Choice Prize!

    The design contestants have to be innovative, creative and budget savvy to create something that both the judges and the viewers will love!

    This is great news for Win a Home on Afternoon Express viewers, as they can enter the weekly competition on privateproperty.co.za to stand a chance of winning fabulous prizes, and each entry automatically puts them into the draw for the Grand Prize!

    Win a Home is a show that lives up to its name; by the end of the season, one lucky viewer will win their choice of one the three brilliantly designed Polo Village apartments on the prestigious lifestyle estate of Val De Vie in the Cape Winelands, only 35 minutes from Cape Town. This grand prize, which is worth over R3 million, can change one lucky viewer’s life forever!

    Viewers can tune in to Win a Home on Afternoon Express every weekday to watch as their dream apartment comes true, and pick up property tips and decor inspiration to add value and splendour to their own homes!

    That’s Win a Home on Afternoon Express weekdays at from 4 to 5 pm, only on SABC 3.


  • Butternut and Beetroot soup

    Posted on May 19, 2016 by Admin

    Here is a delicious winter recipe by Chef Jean-Pierre from The Polo Club Restaurant.
    This tasty dish starts with roasting butternut and brown onion with honey and cinnamon sticks, then placing the vegetables in a pot with stock and simmering them for 30 mins before blending them into a perfectly smooth soup.

    The beetroot is roasted with red onion and garlic until crisp, then placed in a pot with vegetable stock and thyme and allowed to simmer for one hour. This mixture is then blended to a slightly chunky texture, allowing for a beautiful contrast of textures when combining the two soups.

    Ingredients for butternut soup:

    600g butternut, peeled and cut into small cubes
    200g brown onion, finely chopped
    40g cinnamon sticks
    100g honey
    1L vegetable stock
    80ml extra virgin olive oil
    Salt and white pepper to taste

    Method for butternut soup:

    1. Pre heat your oven to 180 degrees Celsius
    2. Toss butternut and onions together
    3. Place butternut and onions in an oven dish
    4.  Add cinnamon sticks, salt and pepper to the vegetables
    5. Drizzle olive oil over the vegetables
    6. Roast in the oven at 180 degrees Celsius for 20-30 minutes (tossing vegetables every 10 minutes to prevent it from burning)
    7. Once the butternut is soft, add the contents of the oven dish to a large pot
    8. Add the vegetable stock and bring to the boil
    9. Once it starts to boil, reduce heat and allow to simmer for 15 minutes
    10. Now blend the vegetables together with the stock in order to get a smooth consistency
    11. Add salt and pepper to taste if needed

    Ingredients for beetroot soup:

    400g beetroot, peeled and cut into slices
    150g red onion, finely chopped
    20g fresh thyme
    1L vegetable stock
    50ml extra virgin olive oil
    Salt and white pepper to taste

    Method for beetroot soup:

    1.  Pre heat your oven to 180 degrees Celsius
    2. Toss beetroot and onions together
    3.  Place vegetables in an oven dish
    4. Add thyme, salt and pepper to the vegetables
    5. Drizzle olive oil over the vegetables
    6. Roast in the oven at 180 degrees Celsius for 20-30 minutes (tossing vegetables every 10 minutes to prevent it from burning)
    7. Once the beetroot is tender, add the contents of the oven dish to a large pot
    8. Add the vegetable stock and bring to the boil
    9. Once it starts to boil, reduce heat and allow to simmer for 40 minutes
    10. Now blend the vegetables together with the stock in order to get a slightly chunky consistency
    11. Add salt and pepper to taste if needed

    Now that both soups are ready, place about 200ml of each soup into two small jugs
    At the same time, start pouring each soup into the bowl, one soup in the left hand and one soup in the right hand

    *Tip – when working with beetroot, always use latex gloves in order to prevent discolouration on your hands.  The colour of beetroot can stain your hands for up to 3 days, even by scrubbing and using the finest soaps.


  • Vanessa and Louis' Wedding

    Posted on May 18, 2016 by Admin

    Vanessa and Louis celebrated their wedding at Val de Vie and it was such a romantic, picture-perfect day. So many elements made it special: gorgeous decor with accents of pink, turquoise and gold... an exciting polo match... a dazzling reception. We wish the newlyweds much happiness in their married life together.

    View more dreamy photos on photographer Claire Courtney's website.


  • Johann and Jannike's Wedding Video

    Posted on May 11, 2016 by Admin

    We adore Johann and Jannike's wedding video, beautifully filmed by Guava Graphics.


  • A beautiful Val de Vie Mother's day Family Shoot

    Posted on May 10, 2016 by Admin

    Alicia S Photography recently captured a very special Mother's Day that was celebrated on the polo fields of Val de Vie. Riaan and his family treated the lucky mothers to a beautiful outdoor lunch, complete with a memorable photo shoot. What a wonderful idea!

    To view more photos, please visit Alicia's website.








  • Save the Date for Cintron Pink Polo 2016!

    Posted on May 5, 2016 by Admin


  • JJ and Iain's Wedding video

    Posted on April 28, 2016 by Admin

    Missing Piece Films have done it again with another gorgeous wedding video. JJ and Iain celebrated their wedding at Val de Vie and we are smitten with this stunning showcase of their day.


  • Connie and Eddie's wedding video

    Posted on April 21, 2016 by Admin

    Missing Piece Films have beautifully captured Connie and Eddis's wedding that took place at Val de Vie. Sit back and watch the magic of this gorgeous day!http://www.valdevie.co.za/wordpress/wp-login.php?action=logout&_wpnonce=aa737965c9


  • Make the most out of olive season

    Posted on April 21, 2016 by Admin

    Olives are one of the world's oldest cultivated crops and today we are still just as wild about them. From juicy olives, oils and tapenades to luxurious beauty products, the humble olive is amazingly versatile.

    In fact, olives also make a stunning addition to your wedding's theme. The classic simplicity of the olive leaf lends itself well to decor, working beautifully in wreaths, floral arrangements or even as confetti. Wedding favours are easy too: treat your guests to small bottles of extra virgin olive oil, or perhaps olive oil soaps. With so many ideas, we are definitely going to make the most of olive season!


  • Gareth and Kristin's Wedding

    Posted on April 15, 2016 by Admin

    Gareth and Kristin celebrated their wedding on 12 March at Val de Vie. The couple reside in Australia and came home to South Africa for their special day. As one can imagine, it was a wonderful celebration and reunion with friends and family!

    With a stunning outdoor ceremony and a dazzling reception in the grand ballroom, it was a day to remember.

    For more lovely photos, visit photographer Darren Bester's website.


  • Happy anniversary to Christine & Schalk

    Posted on April 15, 2016 by Admin

    Val de Vie Events would like to congratulate Christine and Schalk on their wedding anniversary! We wish you both a lifetime of love, smiles and joy.


  • Luscious to look at, lovely to eat: Fig are a favourite

    Posted on April 13, 2016 by Admin

    There is something so luscious about figs. These delicious fruits are currently in season and they make a gorgeous (and tasty) addition to any event's menu. Raw sliced figs look lovely atop cakes or pavlovas - their rich colours and texture are eye-catching and their taste is rich and decadent. Make sure your figs are beautifully ripe. As acclaimed chef Yotam Ottolenghi puts it, "a great fig should look like it's just about to burst its skin. When squeezed lightly it should give a little and not spring back. It must be almost unctuously sweet, soft and wet."


  • On Trend 2016: Rustic Chic Weddings

    Posted on April 11, 2016 by Marinique Viljoen

    2016 sees the unique trend of ‘Rustic Chic’ introducing itself to the wedding aisle. The idea is a touch of glamour combined with an earthy, romantic feel. The “I do’s” will see creative cork boutonnieres for the groom and his groomsmen, as well as green leaves and baby’s breath flower crowns for the bride and her bridesmaids.  The wedding feast will be enjoyed on naked rustic wooden tables covered by lace runners and complemented with raw elements of nature.

    Rustic chic allows us to use vintage elements - that slightly "rough around the edges" look - to create a rawness that combines with new world features. For example, picture a wagon wheel chandelier hanging from a tree. Old vintage doors rested on wine barrels can be used as a table, while naked bulbs draped from wooden branches create beautiful lighting. Let the sparks fly by handing sparklers to your guests as they light the way to your happily ever after.


  • Nombuso and Bashir's Wedding Video

    Posted on April 6, 2016 by Admin

    This video of Nombuso and Bashir's wedding is a real showstopper! Filmed by Vision on Fire, it totally captures the romance and atmosphere of this stunning celebration.

    Click on the image to view the video or check it out on Vimeo.


  • The modern nursery

    Posted on March 30, 2016 by Admin

    Pink for girls and blue for boys is over! Nurseries can also be modern and chic without losing an element of fun and warmth. We love this chic idea for styling a baby's nursery: a monochrome palette that's made playful with fun shapes, patterns and typography.


  • Investing in Property Top Of the List for South Africans

    Posted on March 29, 2016 by janette

    Property24 investigates the current strength of property investment in South Africa.

    The total value of sales in the South African housing market has been steadily increasing, with an 8.3% increase in the value of residential property transactions from 2014 to 2105.

    This is despite gross domestic product (GDP) growth remaining very low, new vehicle sales plummeting, and an increasingly aggressive upward interest rate cycle.

    This is according to Paul-Roux de Kock, analytics director for Lightstone, who says 50% of residential properties are located in the Western Cape and Gauteng, accounting for more than two-thirds of the total residential market value.

    Sandton and Parkmore in JohannesburgGreen Point and Rondebosch in Cape Town, and Rua Vista and Monument Park in Tshwane - as well as La Lucia and Mount Edgecombe in KwaZulu-Natal, were among the high-value suburbs with strong capital growth last year.

    De Kock says although the money supply of asset-buying consumers is lessening, property investment remains a top priority for many South Africans, with the City of Cape Town witnessing spirited growth in the housing market over the last five years.

    De Kock was addressing this year’s annual Overview of the South African Property Industry conference that took place today at Val de Vie Estate outside Paarl in the Western Cape.

    The Western Cape is the location of over 17.5% of the 6.2 million residential properties in South Africa, and lays claim to just over a quarter - 25.4%, of the R4.3 trillion total value of the housing market.

    The City of Cape Town’s residential property market witnessed an increase of 12.3% in total value transacting from 2015 to 2016 - 45.8% of 700 000 properties are mortgaged, which in rand value sits at just over R450 billion of the council’s total housing market.

    Paarl property lawyer and speaker at the conference, Stefan van Niekerk from Minitzers Attorneys, said in 2004, in the larger suburbs of Paarl, 900 properties were sold at an average price of R750 000. Ten years later, in the same suburbs, 706 properties were sold at an average of R1.85 million.

    While housing markets in Johannesburg remain stable, Cape Town is showing much stronger growth than all other metros. This is supported partly by Gauteng homeowners increasingly choosing the Western Cape, and KwaZulu-Natal, where the eThekwini market is similarly stable, when buying outside their province, with the intention to eventually relocate.

    “We’ve witnessed a steady increase in ‘semigration’ over the last five years,” says De Kock.

    He says estate living, much along the lines of what is offered at Val de Vie Estate, is fast becoming a preference, largely because of the associated security and lifestyle-convenience aspects.

    “In addition, although luxury market buyers are under pressure, the estate housing market in general doesn’t dip as low or peak as high as the rest of the luxury market. We therefore expect it to outperform the luxury market during the current downturn.”

    De Kock says estates own a 5% slice of the overall housing market supply, but carve out a staggering 15% share in total property-market value, with more than half of estate properties being bonded.

    “Total value locked up in estates is now close to the total value of all residential properties in the City of Johannesburg, for instance.”

    Over 50% of estates - which include golf, equestrian and polo, coastal, lifestyle, country and wildlife estates - are located in Gauteng, and a further 25% in the Western Cape. The average price of an estate home is R2 million, almost three times the national average of R700 000 for a home.

    Van Niekerk says the total value of properties sold in Paarl over the last 15 years is roughly R10 billion. Half of that was through three lifestyle estates, two of which were Val de Vie and Pearl Valley Golf and Country Estate.

    Val de Vie Estate illustrates the increasing demand for secure estate living, having sold in excess of R700 million in developers’ properties over the past 18 months, and in excess of R330 million in resales. Its recent acquisition of neighbouring Pearl Valley Golf and Country Estate is a further example of the robust condition of the estate market.

    The Pearl Valley acquisition will enable the newly formed Val de Vie super-estate to capture a greater slice of the Johannesburg dweller pie, by further developing Pearl Valley’s showpiece offering its Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course. The course was ranked Best Conditioned Golf Course in the Western Cape by Golf Digest magazine for five consecutive years, and awarded the Compleat Golfer’s Five Star Experience Award for six.

    Pearl Valley itself has won a number of property awards, including Best Residential Estate in South Africa by New World Wealth last year.

    Martin Venter, founder/CEO of Val de Vie, says as figures suggest, investing in an estate home is definitely the safer bet during a downturn.

    “Gauteng homeowners are choosing an estate lifestyle largely because of the security aspect, and a stronger investment yield,” he says.

    “They also want a lifestyle that caters to their pastimes and interests, such as golfing. The Pearl Valley acquisition will allow us to capitalise on this, and provide the ultimate in secure luxury living.”

    Lightstone’s forecast for 2016 is that nominal house price inflation will top out at around 3.5%, resulting in real deflation of home values as the Reserve Bank battles to keep the consumer price index (CPI) within the 6% upper band.

    “If we see a positive turnaround in the economy, the best case scenario is that the drop will be subdued and the year will end off at around 4.6%. If we have to weather any more major economic storms, however, house-price growth could drop to 2.5% or even lower,” says De Kock.

    www.property24.com


  • Let's go green

    Posted on March 29, 2016 by Simone de Wet

    "Green is the prime color of the world, and that from which its loveliness arises.”
    — Pedro Calderon de la Barca

    Green is undoubtedly the colour that we associate with nature. This cool, calming colour represents vitality, growth and energy, and it's also a hot colour for weddings and events.

    Subtle shades of green are timeless and elegant - think forest green, emerald green, dark teal. These shades are ideal for weddings with a natural and slightly bohemian touch, bringing a fresh sense of natural beauty.


  • Happy Easter from Val de Vie Events

    Posted on March 25, 2016 by Admin

    Val de Vie Events would like to wish you a happy Easter. We hope that you have a lovely long weekend!


  • Hot new trend: The Polo brunch wedding

    Posted on March 23, 2016 by Admin

    If you're looking for something different and potentially cost-effective, a brunch wedding is a fantastic idea. Break the rules and host a brunch wedding that's as unforgettable as other times of the day.

    There are so many reasons why a brunch wedding is a great concept: they tend to cost less, because instead of a three course menu, a delicious breakfast/brunch menu can be served, either in the form of a buffet, food stations or as a seated meal. Serve unique treats like yoghurt and muesli popsicles, glittery doughnuts, waffles, crepes, vegetable tarts, quiche,bagels... the list goes on and on!

    Apart from coffee, tea and fresh juices, offer a bit of bubbly for festivity. Even cocktails can work - how about mimosas, bellinis or bloody marys?

    You can make it as relaxed or as formal as you like - there are no rules for this time of day. Guests also won't be expecting fancy centerpieces and uplighting, so decor can be a lot more simple (here you can save a lot!).

    Make it fun with lawn games, or a polo match if your wedding is hosted at Val de Vie. Dancing is also certainly an option!


  • Happy anniversary to Shakela and Fraeez

    Posted on March 21, 2016 by Admin

    Val de Vie Events would like to wish Shakela and Fraeez a very happy wedding anniversary! Enjoy the love and years and most of all each other.


  • Business and pleasure: award-winning estate, Val de Vie launches sleek offices

    Posted on March 16, 2016 by janette

    POLO VILLAGE OFFICES

    Paarl-Franschhoek Valley’s Val de Vie Estate, one of the country’s frontrunners in property development, has officially announced the launch of a brand new offering on its turf – the elegant Polo Village Offices. These offices, conceptualised with the importance of a balanced lifestyle in mind, can be purchased or rented and will measure 3 500 m² in total. Each of the eight single units can be divided into rooms measuring 20 m² to 445 m² according to individual requirements.

    Designed by Boogertman & Partners and true to Val de Vie’s elegant style, the offices will feature luxurious interior fixtures and finishes, state-of-the-art technology, including the option of high-speed fibre optic connectivity, and inspiring touches such as expansive windows that provide panoramic views of L'Huguenot Wine Farm, Simonsberg and Paarl Rock.

    The Cape remains high on the list of the world’s top tourist and residential locations, with unique characteristics and abundant attractions ranging from winelands to beaches and the vibrant Mother City. While many establish roots in the Cape and travel to Johannesburg and other cities for business, the demand for offices close to one’s home has grown to the extent that Val de Vie saw the gap to add this to their vast range of property offerings.

    Comments Ryk Neethling, Marketing Director at Val de Vie Estate: “The Polo Village Offices are the perfect solution for those who want to keep a pulse on their business commitments but who also want to win back time lost on commuting, in order to make the most of the Cape’s enviable lifestyle. At Val de Vie, we prioritise family values, fitness, health and the ability to enjoy life to the fullest, and this offering allows business people the opportunity to do so.”

    According to Val de Vie’s unique statistics, approximately 40% of its buyers and investors are from Gauteng, and there is increasing interest in the estate from residents of KwaZulu-Natal, the Eastern Cape, Bloemfontein and Rustenburg.

    Neethling continues: “We can’t say we’re surprised by the number of people looking to relocate to Val de Vie. Our offerings are unrivalled and we continuously strive to maintain and improve what we provide to our residents and visitors.”

    Val de Vie has received numerous international awards and acclaim for its security and property developments. Adding to this, it has been host to Prince Harry and Prince Seeiso of Lesotho, as well as many other esteemed guests at its celebrated polo events. Polo matches are regularly held in warmer months and are an excellent form of entertainment, which can be enjoyed by business partners and clients. If golf is preferred, a round can be played at the Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course at Pearl Valley, now part of Val de Vie. For other occasions, the estate’s Polo Club Restaurant is an elegant but comfortable meeting place.

    Val de Vie is conveniently located, just 40 minutes from Cape Town and Cape Town International Airport. Furthermore, the surrounding area not only boasts world-class restaurants, a plethora of wine estates, outdoor activities and outstanding natural beauty, but is also dotted with excellent schools, superb medical facilities and the University of Stellenbosch, making it an attractive setting in which to set up home – and office.

    For further information visit www.valdeviepolovillage.com/more-info or contact Val de Vie Estate on +27 21 863 6105 or at property@valdevie.co.za



  • Making use of nature

    Posted on March 14, 2016 by Elsje Human

    When selecting a venue, it really helps to choose a venue with a naturally beautiful setting. With an abundance of natural beauty, you won't need to spend as much on decor, which can help budgeting enormously.

    Use nature as inspiration for your decor and to create a cost-effective, elegant, organic look. Natural textures such as stone and wood can create a stunning backdrop for photos. Leaves and branches can look just as dazzling as flowers, but they are cheaper to buy and they create a more dramatic look.

    To tie the whole look together, bring in a bit of greenery throughout all your wedding elements, for example your cake, stationary, gifts to the guests, etc.


  • Expensive estate homes in demand - expert

    Posted on March 14, 2016 by janette

    Great article by Fin24 writer Carin Smith after attending the Lightstone Property Trends conference at Val de Vie yesterday.

    Paarl - Although security estates make up about 5% of the 6.8 million properties analysed by Lightstone, which provides information, valuations and market intelligence, its total value is about the same size as the total value of the property market in Johannesburg.

    Estate properties have about a 15% share of total property-market value, said Paul-Roux de Kock, analytics director for Lightstone, at a property event held at Val de Vie in Paarl on Thursday.

    Over 50% of estates – which include golf, equestrian and polo, coastal, lifestyle, country and wildlife estates – are located in Gauteng, and a further 25% in the Western Cape. The Western Cape segment, however, has the largest total value.

    The average price of an estate home is R2m, almost three times the national average of R700 000 for a home.

    Research by Lightstone found there are about 6 500 closed community or estates in SA. About two thirds of estate properties are worth more than R1m - a lot different to the general property market.

    According to De Kock there has been increased activity in the estate market, especially in the Western Cape, due to security concerns and the lifestyle it can offer. About R15bn worth of estate properties are traded about every quarter.

    "During an upswing, estate properties usually peak at a lower rate, but during a downturn they even out sooner, which is good for owners of properties in estates," explained De Kock.

    Paarl property lawyer Stefan van Niekerk of Minitzers Attorneys, said the Paarl property market is currently fuelled by lifestyle estates

    "It is about how Paarl positions itself as the place to work, live and play," he said.

    In the Paarl property market, the three lifestyle estates of Pearl Valley, Val de Vie and Boschenmeer did about 60% of the turnover in 2014 to 2015, for instance.

    As for the future of developing such lifestyle estates, Van Niekerk cautioned, however, that it is not merely enough anymore for such estates only to offer "a wall and a guard house at the entrance".

    "Yes, security is an important factor for those buying in these estates, but it is not enough. You must offer something more and cater for residents' needs."

    “In 2004, in the larger suburbs of Paarl, 900 properties were sold at an average price of R750 000. Ten years later, in the same suburbs, 706 properties were sold at an average of R1.85m,” said Van Niekerk.

    The Val de Vie Estate, is seen as an example of the increasing demand for secure estate living, having sold in excess of R700m in developers’ properties over the past 18 months, and in excess of R330m in resales. Furthermore, it has recently acquired the neighbouring Pearl Valley Golf and Country Estate.

    "The Pearl Valley acquisition will enable the newly formed Val de Vie super-estate to capture a greater slice of the Johannesburg dweller pie, by further developing Pearl Valley’s showpiece offering, its Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course," said Martin Venter, founder and CEO of Val de Vie.

    “As figures suggest, investing in an estate home is definitely the safer bet during a downturn,” said Venter. “Gauteng homeowners are choosing an estate lifestyle largely because of the security aspect, and a stronger investment yield. They also want a lifestyle that caters to their pastimes and interests, such as golfing."

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  • Uzair and Zara's Wedding

    Posted on March 14, 2016 by Admin

    Here are some stunning sneak peak photos of Uzair and Zara's wedding, which took place on 23 January 2016. KovacevicBosch Photography & Videography beautifully captured the occasion, we can't wait to see more photos!







  • Happy anniversary to Merike and Marcel

    Posted on March 13, 2016 by Admin

    Val de Vie Events would like to wish Merike and Marcel a very happy anniversary! May your love and your lives together be everlasting and full of joy.


  • Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo Cape Town 2016 Presented By Mantis Collection, Reaches New Heights

    Posted on March 11, 2016 by Admin

    Hailing from all over South Africa, friends of Veuve Clicquot donned their best bright & bold polo outfits this past Saturday to enjoy a stylish afternoon of high-goal polo, fast cars and the finest champagne for the six annual Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo Cape Town 2016 Presented by Mantis Collection.

    The scenic Val de Vie Estate in the Paarl-Franschhoek Valley once again played host to this trendy affair and ensured that guests stepped into a picture perfect world that celebrates the best Cape Town. After all what better way to beat the Cape Town heat than with a flute of chilled Veuve Clicquot in a picturesque setting?

    Event co-owners VIVIDLUXURY and Val de Vie Events created a world class event, which captivated guests; from the Ferrari vehicle display to a perfectly curated fashion show by D’oré – the afternoon was brought to life under the theme Let Life Surprise You. Drawing inspiration from Madame Clicquot’s zest for embracing life and ‘inventing the things of tomorrow’, the Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo surprised and delighted guests at every turn.

    Staying true to the theme guests were greeted by a surprising 3D Veuve Clicquot photo booth experience where event media partner E! Entertainment Africa chatted to celebs and VIPs on arrival about their fashionable ensembles and more.

    Polo fans enjoyed an exciting 12-goal polo tournament with top national and international players competing. Team Seven Oaks won the opening match - playing for third place in the tournament - against Shimmy Beach Club, while Fifth Chukka representing Veuve Clicquot won with an amazing score of 7 – 3 against One Zone Polo representing Julius Bär in the riveting main game. Ferrari was there to throw in the ball along with Moët Hennessy’s Regional Managing Director for Africa and Middle East, Pascal Asin and the Minister of Tourism Derek Hanekom at the start of the final game.

    Official Fashion Partner of the 2016 event, D’oré showcased the thought provoking Vanessa Gounden, Artivism for Breast Cancer collection that will retail exclusively at D’oré in South Africa. Moroccanoil, the Official Hair Partner of the event, reflected the latest international hair trends on the runway, with their top international runway stylist, Voilet Sainsbury, jetting in from Australia for the event.

    The emcees for the day, Leigh-Anne Williams and Afrika Melane, entertained and enchanted guests with their charm and wit, while the polo commentator for the day, the illustrious Matthew Pohl, kept guests glued to their seats, not a difficult task with the most riveting polo played on the Val de Vie greens to date.

    There is perhaps no other sport that carries the prestige and class that the Sport of Kings does. The opulent affair has grown beyond expectations over the years, attracting the cream of the crop of both local and international guests. This year’s VIP guest list included Nigerian, Ghanaian and South African celebrities such as Big Brother Africa presenter Vimbai Mutinhiri, Nigerian musician Praiz, OC Ukeje and some of South Africa’s finest celebrities such as Nomzamo Mbatha, Jeannie D, Jen Su, Bonnie Mbuli, Lee-Ann and Nicky van der Walt, Maps Maponyane, Ayanda Thabethe, Siv Ngesi, Tanya van Graan and many more.

    The Best Dressed competition for the day, judged by Elle magazine was another highlight in the action-packed programme of events. The Best Dressed Female of the day award went to the acclaimed Isibaya actress, Nomzamo Mbatha. Best Dressed Couple went to Nandi Ndlovu and Buntu Ngcuka, while Best Dressed Male went to blogger and presenter Shiraz Reddy – a difficult choice given the high level of style and sophistication displayed at this year’s event. Guests loved the bright and bold theme, inspired by Veuve Clicquot’s bright yellow label.

    Ryk Neethling, Marketing Director for Val de Vie Estate handed over a R100 000 cheque from Official Charity Partner, ISPS Handa, for Hope through Action in aid of sports development in the Paarl Valley area.

    The Fifth Chukka team took home the coveted winning trophy and the Best Pony of the day was Who’s That Girl, owned by South African Polo Team Captain Tom de Bruin. After a spellbinding day of fast-paced polo, guests proceeded to the pop-up Shimmy Beach after party for one final toast to #VCMastersPolo.




  • Beef fillet medallions with a red wine jus, served on butter sautéed baby vegetables with potato and butternut gratin and parmesan disks

    Posted on March 10, 2016 by Admin

    Here is a sumptuous recipe by Jean-Pierre, the head chef of The Polo Club Restaurant.

    Ingredients

    200g beef fillet whole
    200g beef bones
    500ml Ryk Neethling red wine
    50g celery roughly chopped
    50g carrots roughly chopped
    100g red onion roughly chopped
    50g garlic thinly sliced
    60g parmesan grana Padano grated
    30g mange tout
    30g long stem broccoli
    30g baby corn
    30g baby carrots
    50g unsalted butter
    80g potato peeled and sliced
    80g butternut peeled and sliced
    30ml cream
    1 egg whisked
    20ml extra virgin olive oil
    5g paprika
    30g rosemary
    Salt and pepper to taste

    Method

    For the red wine jus, brown the bones in a pot over a high heat, once browned, deglaze the bottom of the pot with Ryk Neethling red wine, and then add the rosemary, chopped carrots, celery, leeks, red onion and garlic.  Add some water until stock is level with the top of the bones.  Allow mixture to simmer for +-3 hours, then strain in order to remove all bones and vegetables.  Return the sauce to a pot and simmer for a further 60 – 90 minutes, until the sauce has thickened and correct consistency is reached, you can add more wine if needed.

    For the parmesan disks, place greaseproof paper on a baking tray, sprinkle some grated parmesan into circles on the paper and bake until brown, remove from the oven and allow to cool.

    For the potato and butternut gratin, poach the sliced butternut and potato in boiling salted water until crisp, now take a ramekin and place a layer of butternut, then potato and lastly parmesan, repeat layers until ramekin is full.  Now whisk together the egg and cream, add salt and pepper, then add egg mixture to the ramekin to fill.  Bake in the oven at 180 degrees for 15 - 120 minutes until brown on top.

    For the beef fillet, coat with salt, pepper and paprika, then place a pan over a high heat, once hot, add the extra virgin olive oil and once it starts to smoke, sear the fillet, browning all sides, remove the meat from the pan and place in the oven for 5 minutes.  Add your sauce to the pan to recover all the flavours from the fillet and place aside till needed.

    For the vegetables, blanch the baby carrots, baby corn, mange tout and long stem broccoli in boiling salted water for no longer than 20 seconds, then remove from the water.  Place a pan over a high heat and add the butter, once butter is melted, add the blanched vegetables to it and toss together with salt and pepper.

    To assemble, unmould the gratin just off the centre of the plate, place the vegetables next to the gratin.  Now slice the beef fillet into medallions and place over the vegetables. Pour some jus over the meat and place parmesan disk on top for garnish


  • JJ and Iain's Wedding

    Posted on March 2, 2016 by Admin

    JJ and Iain celebrated their beautiful intimate wedding for 38 guests on 25 February at the Polo Club Restaurant. Just Jack Weddings and Events coordinated every detail of the special day, while N Concepts and Designs created the gorgeous decor that set the scene. The ever-talented Zara Zoo Photography captured each moment. Congratulations to the newlyweds!


  • Mens fashion gets colourful at Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo

    Posted on February 29, 2016 by Admin

    Guys, if you need some style inspiration for the upcoming Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo, look no further than bright, colourful shades. A pop of colour adds interest to an outfit, whether it's your suit, tie or shoes.

    Get tickets

    Tickets for the Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo are available on Computicket's website.

    The event offers a luxurious day out for the stylish polo lover. As one of the oldest sports in the world, polo has become known over the years as the Sport of Kings, and the King of Sports. South Africa’s most renowned polo event, the annual Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo in Association with Bentley has after five years firmly established itself as one of the most prestigious events on the South African calendar.

    Ticket Options

    R950 ticket per person: Veuve Clicquot Gardens

    -        Shaded seating
    -        Lovely food offering
    -        1 glass of Veuve Clicquot
    -        Bar services
    -        Accreditation
    -        Polo Pitch access

    R4000 ticket per person: Veuve Clicquot VIP lounge

    -        Supreme and elevated view of the polo field as well as the fashion show
    -        Complete access to the polo pitch
    -        Shaded lounge seating
    -        Luxury menu offering
    -        Private bar service, including the following:
    -        Unlimited supply of Veuve Clicquot
    -        Soft drinks
    -        Butler service
    -        Private and secure area with security

    If you would like to do a group booking a minimum of 10 people is required.

    Veuve Clicquot Polo Pitch

    Veuve Clicquot Polo Pitch tickets are priced at R200. This area is located on the eastern side of the Val de Vie Pavilion, allowing guests to indulge in a chic picnic party on the side of the polo field. Come and enjoy the ‘Sport of Kings’ the old fashioned way, by rolling out your picnic blanket and enjoying a glass of Veuve Clicquot, ensuring the perfect polo appease!

    Remember your picnic blanket and sunhat. No food, drinks and external shading may be brought in. White Bedouin tents will provide shade and Veuve Clicquot hand held umbrellas will be on sale.

    Tickets are on sale on Computicket's website - be sure to book yours now!


  • Be bright and bold at Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo 2016

    Posted on February 29, 2016 by Admin

    Here is some stunning style inspiration for the upcoming Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo which takes place on Saturday 5 March 2016. Ladies, this years it's all about embracing colour and celebrating everything that's bold and bright. Be brave and wear a colourful outfit, or for a more subtle look, accessorise with eye-catching shoes, jewerllery or even a fascinator.

    Get tickets

    Tickets for the Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo are available on Computicket's website.

    The event offers a luxurious day out for the stylish polo lover. As one of the oldest sports in the world, polo has become known over the years as the Sport of Kings, and the King of Sports. South Africa’s most renowned polo event, the annual Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo in Association with Bentley has after five years firmly established itself as one of the most prestigious events on the South African calendar.

    Ticket Options

    R950 ticket per person: Veuve Clicquot Gardens

    -        Shaded seating
    -        Lovely food offering
    -        1 glass of Veuve Clicquot
    -        Bar services
    -        Accreditation
    -        Polo Pitch access

    R4000 ticket per person: Veuve Clicquot VIP lounge

    -        Supreme and elevated view of the polo field as well as the fashion show
    -        Complete access to the polo pitch
    -        Shaded lounge seating
    -        Luxury menu offering
    -        Private bar service, including the following:
    -        Unlimited supply of Veuve Clicquot
    -        Soft drinks
    -        Butler service
    -        Private and secure area with security

    If you would like to do a group booking a minimum of 10 people is required.

    Veuve Clicquot Polo Pitch

    Veuve Clicquot Polo Pitch tickets are priced at R200. This area is located on the eastern side of the Val de Vie Pavilion, allowing guests to indulge in a chic picnic party on the side of the polo field. Come and enjoy the ‘Sport of Kings’ the old fashioned way, by rolling out your picnic blanket and enjoying a glass of Veuve Clicquot, ensuring the perfect polo appease!

    Remember your picnic blanket and sunhat. No food, drinks and external shading may be brought in. White Bedouin tents will provide shade and Veuve Clicquot hand held umbrellas will be on sale.

    Tickets are on sale on Computicket's website - be sure to book yours now!


  • A Val de Vie bride is in the news!

    Posted on February 29, 2016 by Admin

    Val de Vie Event is delighted to see that Val de Vie bride, Marilize de Clerq, is on the cover of Juig magazine this month. Congrats Marilize, you look beautiful!


  • It's the Val de Vie Market on 13 March!

    Posted on February 29, 2016 by Admin

    The next Val de Vie Market is on 13 March 2016 and promises to be a fantastic day for the family, complete with live music, delicious food and plenty of fun activities for the kids. Entry is free and the market takes place from 10h00 to 15h00.

    We would like to thank the following amazing service providers who made our previous market on 7 February such a success:

    Entertainment

    Majozi, Andre J van Vuuren, Peter

    Food trucks

    1. Meisies
    2. Stack that
    3. Sliced between
    4. Creative juices
    5. Dos Velas
    6. Totes

    Food vendors

    1. Nellies Pies
    2. Homemade lemonade
    3. N2ice cream lab
    4. Lowie
    5. Western wheels biltong
    6. Tailgate foods
    7. Fleet coffee
    8. Be delicious
    9. VDV Beverages

    Vintage games

    1. Giant jenga
    2. Boules
    3. Naught and crosses
    4. Croquet

    Kid's entertainment

    1. Trapkarre
    2. Jumping castles
    3. Airbrush tattoos
    4. Face painting
    5. Balloons


  • Happy anniversary to Toni and Nick

    Posted on February 28, 2016 by Admin

    Val de Vie Events would like to congratulate Toni and Nick on their wedding anniversary. We wish you joy and happiness, and may every year bring you many great memories to treasure.


  • Love conquers all

    Posted on February 26, 2016 by Marinique Viljoen

    Happy Friday! As the weekend nears, let's celebrate life and love. As Audrey Hepburn once said, "the best thing to hold onto in life is each other."


  • Go graphic

    Posted on February 23, 2016 by Admin

    Office spaces should feel inspiring and creative, so we love bold, graphic elements that add some interest to a work space. Over-sized wall art, bold paint effects and interesting posters can make a huge difference and add an element of fun.

    Just as your office should be inspiring, so should your corporate events. Val de Vie Estate is an exceptional setting for any type of corporate event, from functions, team building and conferencing to intimate business meetings, lavish cocktail parties, product launches and year-end functions.

    To find out more, please contact Events@valdevie.co.za or visit our Corporate Events page.


  • Congratulations to Deon and Joani!

    Posted on February 22, 2016 by Marinique Viljoen

    A sight of romance and wonder took place on the 6th of February 2016 at Val De Vie as Deon decided to go down on one knee and propose to the love of his life, who he has been courting for the past nine years.

    Joani arrived in style as the Rolls Royce brought her to the staircase of the polo pavilion. With great excitement and anticipation, Deon asked the BIG question that she had been dreaming of since they met.

    The newly engaged couple popped a bottle of Val De Vie bubbly on the pavilion terrace to celebrate their commitment to each other, while taking in the sunset and views of the polo fields and breathtaking Simonsberg mountains.

    A romantic candle lit dinner followed in the ballroom, ending off a spectacular evening that will remain an unforgettable memory forever!



  • Have a happy Monday!

    Posted on February 22, 2016 by Maryke

    Happy Monday! We hope that you have a wonderful and productive week, filled with love.


  • Get into the groove with Soundprint

    Posted on February 20, 2016 by Nadia Valentyn

    Your wedding is one of the most important days in your life and you want the soundtrack for your big day to be perfect, so why gamble on someone who doesn’t let you choose your own music and be completely involved in the process of selecting the perfect song combinations for you and your guests, or who doesn’t guarantee that they’ll play all your requests?

    With a collective experience of more than 1800 weddings over the past 18 years at just about every major venue in the Western Cape and Boland - many of whom we enjoy referral status at – we at Soundprint are very much aware of the things that really matter for wedding couples: getting the music that THEY like, and not necessarily the music the DJ likes, and the comfort of knowing that if something breaks back-up is on hand.
    From our initial interactive music profiling and sampling process with our clients to our 24-hour technical back-up service, care is taken to ensure that nothing can go wrong on your big day and that you get every benefit of our expertise and experience for this your big day!
    Contact us today at conrad@soundprint.co.za.


  • Put the Market at Val de Vie in your diary

    Posted on February 19, 2016 by Simone de Wet

    The next Market at Val de Vie takes place on 13 March 2016 and we hope to see you there! Expect a fun day of polo action, awesome kids' activities, live music and mouthwatering food. It's the perfect day out for the whole family, complete with stunning views of the surrounding polo fields, mountains and countryside.


  • Happy anniversary to Lieselot and Steven

    Posted on February 18, 2016 by Admin

    Val de Vie Events would like to congratulate Lieselot and Steven on their wedding anniversary. May the love and affection that you share bring you strength, joy and true happiness.


  • Val de Vie Bridal Wisdom

    Posted on February 17, 2016 by Admin

    Chanel and Garth held their stunning wedding at Val de Vie and today she shares some valuable tips for brides-to-be.

    1. What memory from your wedding day stands out the most when thinking back?

    The best part of our wedding was the ceremony. Walking down the aisle to my future husband was the best feeling ever. Seeing how my décor and planning turned out was amazing!!

    2. Is there anything you would've done differently?

    Yes, thinking back I would change the seating plan of my guests. Now I would rather seat the couples next to each other, instead of across.

    3. Any advice/tips for future brides?

    I think the three most important things to book first are your venue, photographer and videographer. Those three things get booked out so quickly, especially if you’re getting married in the  summer. Start planning early. Planning a wedding can be very stressful, ask a family member/friend to help you with it.

    4. What did you love most about Val de Vie?

    Wow difficult question, as I loved so many different things about the venue, like:

    The amazing food, friendly and helpful staff, great location, elegant atmosphere, etc. Also the fact that none of my friends and family has gotten married here was a big bonus. So this venue was new, different and a first to all of my guests.

    5. When did you realise this is your venue?

    Before I even got engaged, I love Val De Vie, but never ever thought that I would get married here. I had been searching for a venue for a while, but never actually went to Val De Vie, because I always thought that it would be too expensive and out of my budget, so I skipped it. One day I just decided to go have a look and I immediately fell in love. From then on no other venue would do…


  • Golden glam

    Posted on February 16, 2016 by Nadia Valentyn

    A little gold can create a lot of glam. Subtlety is key: add touches here and there to pull the theme throughout your wedding. The end result is sure to be an elegant affair with a dash of opulence.


  • Happy anniversary to Tracey and Colin

    Posted on February 14, 2016 by Admin

    Val de Vie Events would like to congratulate Tracey and Colin on their wedding anniversary. May your marriage be continue to blessed with joy, harmony and love.


  • A wedding in white

    Posted on February 12, 2016 by Elsje Human

    White on white, white on cream, white on nudes... we love mixing up a romantic palette of whites. This timeless look is ethereal, chic and pure, working beautifully in a modern wedding or something more traditional.


  • Learn the rules of polo for Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo 2016

    Posted on February 12, 2016 by Admin

    The 2016 Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo place at Val de Vie Estate on Saturday 5 March 2016. If you're attending this glamorous event, be sure to brush up your polo knowledge with our useful guide to the rules of the sport:

    Player handicaps

    Polo handicaps range from -2 up to 10 goals where any player with a 3-goal rating and above is considered to be at  professional level. There are only a few players in the world who have reached the expert level of 10 goals

    Polo teams

    When playing on a full sized grass field there are two teams and  each team has four players. There  are two umpires on the field and a tournament director alongside the field who assists the umpires  when they don’t agree on a ruling

    The polo field/ground

    The polo ground is approximately 274 meters (300 yards) long, and 146 meters (160 yards) wide if there are  boards around the perimeter of the field. These boards keep the ball in play during the game. The polo grounds  will also have two upright goals, one at each end of the field, and they each have two goal posts that are 7.3  meters (eight yards) apart and a goal is scored when the ball g oes between the goal posts of the opposing team

    Length of match

    A full match is made up of four to eight chukkers and each  chukker is seven minutes long. At the end of the chukker a  bell is rung after which the players then have a further 30  seconds before the second and final bell rings to signal the  end of the chukker and the referee blows his whistle. During  the match, play stops when the ball goes out of bounds or an  umpire stops play because of a foul.

    Horses

    Although we often refer to them as "polo ponies" the breed of  horse that is used in polo is in fact a Thoroughbred and often  these horses are retrained from the racetrack. Their speed and  agility make up an important part of any polo player's skill in  a  game. Because of the fast paced nature of polo, there is too  much physical exertion for one horse to be used in more than  one chukkers. At the professional level, a player might bring six  or more horses to a match.

    Polo players

    As mentioned earlier, four riders and with a minimum of one horse for each chukker to be played, make up the polo team. Each of  the players has certain responsibilities or depending on their  position.  Positions are numbered 1 to 4 where player 1 plays up field  to receive balls; player 2 has the responsibility of taking the ball into the opposing teams’ end of the field; player 3 will take the ball  from defence to offense; and player 4 has the main responsibility for defence and distributing the ball.

    Most important rule

    There is no offside in polo but the "line of the ball" determines who has the right of way. When a ball is struck by a player it creates  an imaginary ‘line’. Other players may not cross this line as it would present a danger to the players and ponies. The referee will blow a foul should this happen. According to the level of danger percieved by the referee a penalty will be awarded  against the offending team. Players may – shoulder to shoulder – ride or push each other off this line. They may also hook the  oponent’s stick across this line preventing the oponent playing that shot.'Crossing the line' is the most frequent foul in polo.

    Changing ends

    After a goal is scored, the direction of play will change and teams will change ends. This is  to compensate for wind and other factors that could possibly in fluence the game.

    Get tickets

    Tickets for the Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo are now available on Computicket's website.

    The event offers a luxurious day out for the stylish polo lover. As one of the oldest sports in the world, polo has become known over the years as the Sport of Kings, and the King of Sports. South Africa’s most renowned polo event, the annual Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo in Association with Bentley has after five years firmly established itself as one of the most prestigious events on the South African calendar.

    Ticket Options

    R950 ticket per person: Veuve Clicquot Gardens

    -        Shaded seating
    -        Lovely food offering
    -        1 glass of Veuve Clicquot
    -        Bar services
    -        Accreditation
    -        Polo Pitch access

    R4000 ticket per person: Veuve Clicquot VIP lounge

    -        Supreme and elevated view of the polo field as well as the fashion show
    -        Complete access to the polo pitch
    -        Shaded lounge seating
    -        Luxury menu offering
    -        Private bar service, including the following:
    -        Unlimited supply of Veuve Clicquot
    -        Soft drinks
    -        Butler service
    -        Private and secure area with security

    If you would like to do a group booking a minimum of 10 people is required.

    Veuve Clicquot Polo Pitch

    Veuve Clicquot Polo Pitch tickets are priced at R200. This area is located on the eastern side of the Val de Vie Pavilion, allowing guests to indulge in a chic picnic party on the side of the polo field. Come and enjoy the ‘Sport of Kings’ the old fashioned way, by rolling out your picnic blanket and enjoying a glass of Veuve Clicquot, ensuring the perfect polo appease!

    Remember your picnic blanket and sunhat. No food, drinks and external shading may be brought in. White Bedouin tents will provide shade and Veuve Clicquot hand held umbrellas will be on sale.

    Tickets are on sale on Computicket's website - be sure to book yours now!


  • Sweets for your sweet

    Posted on February 11, 2016 by Soritha van Dyk

    Spoil your partner with a fresh home made sweet treat this Valentine's Day. The list of options are endless! From cupcakes, cookies, truffles and lollipops, you can craft the most special gift. Already got something for your partner this Valentine's Day? Make some treats on any old day that you want to make someone feel special.


  • Raspberry Financiers for your Valentine

    Posted on February 11, 2016 by Admin

    Here's a delicious treat to make for Valentine's Day. These mini raspberry financiers were served at Cintron Pink Polo 2015 and they are a real treat!

    Recipe and image courtesy of Saveur.com

    Makes 6 dozen
    Time: 45 minutes

    Ingredients

    10 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted and cooled, plus more for greasing
    1⁄2 cup almond flour
    6 tbsp. all-purpose flour
    6 tbsp. confectioners' sugar
    1⁄4 cup granulated sugar
    1⁄4 tsp. kosher salt
    3 egg whites
    1 tbsp. lavender honey
    1⁄2 tsp. vanilla extract
    One (6-oz.) package raspberries
    Raw cane sugar, for sprinkling

    Instructions

    Heat the oven to 375°. Grease a financier pan or mini muffin pan. In a large whisk both flours with both sugars and the salt until evenly combined. In another bowl, whisk the egg whites until frothy. Scrape the whites into the dry ingredients, along with the melted butter, honey, and vanilla, and fold gently until just combined.

    Spoon 1 teaspoon of batter into each mold, and press 1 raspberry into the center of each.

    Sprinkle the financiers with raw sugar, and then bake until golden brown, about 15 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes, and then unmold and let cool completely.


  • Val de Vie Bridal Wisdom

    Posted on February 10, 2016 by Admin

    Beautiful Val de Vie Bride Angela offers some great advice and insight into her special day. Thank you Angela, it was such a pleasure to host you and Dino!

    1. What memory from your wedding day stands out the most when thinking back?
    The moment that stands out the most for me was walking down the aisle to my future husband with my dad and step-dad both by my side - it was breathtakingly picturesque.

    2. Is there anything you would've done differently?
    If I could, I would have bought myself more time so that I could have enjoyed the day for longer!

    3. Any advise/tips for future brides?
    Go with your gut. I had spoken to two different decorators over the phone who each showed me a sample of their "vision" for my day... The one who had a lot to say about how gorgeous it was going to be didn't get me at all and when I saw what she had put together, it looked like what she would want for her wedding instead of what I wanted for mine. The second one listened to me very carefully when we spoke and completely understood how I wanted the wedding to feel. After meeting with him and deciding to use him, I trusted him fully. At one point we discussed the decor for my main table and when I asked what he thought we should do, his reply was "I've got a great idea. Trust me"... I did - and it was magnificent.

    4. What did you love most about Val de Vie?
    The service was impeccable from start to finish. Every single person who works there is a true ambassador for great service. When people complimented me on the wedding, many of them mentioned how impressed they were with the waiters, the barmen, and especially Nadia who coordinated the entire day for me! Each and every time I was in contact with Val De Vie during the wedding planning was a pleasure... it sealed the deal for me!

    5. When did you realise that Val de Vie would be your venue?
    On the way to our first site visit of Val De Vie, my husband and I were driving through the estate towards the pavilion. As we turned around the corner to face the pavilion, I saw the grand glass doors and through them, I could see the Paarl-Franschhoek Valley in all its glory. I knew right then in that moment that I would be getting married there!

    6. What was your wedding experience like?
    The entire wedding was magical, from beginning to end... Everything was perfect, everything ran smoothly, and best of all I was able to relax and enjoy the day because I knew that all the details were being taken care of by brilliant providers with a proven track-record. To this day, we still speak of it as a day we would do over again and again!

    7. Did you enjoy the planning process?
    Wedding planning can be stressful at best... but I was very grateful to have had enough time to research and source exactly what I wanted. One of the most helpful assets to me throughout it all was the list of preferred providers that I had requested from Val De Vie. When planning a wedding from a different city, it is very difficult to know who is good and who is brilliant in the sea of wedding providers. At Nadia's suggestion I used a few of the people she had worked with previously and they didn't disappoint!


  • Caro and Stephan's Wedding

    Posted on February 9, 2016 by Admin

    Caro and Stephan's Val de Vie wedding was such a pleasure to host! This gorgeous couple's special day was held on the perfect Summer's day. Bright blue skies, lush green polo fields and the dazzling mountain scenery createda magnificent setting, while the joyful celebrations and beautiful reception completed the picture. We wish them both all the happiness in the world.

    View more photos on Inecke Photography's website.

    Service Providers

    DJ Conrad – DJ
    Inecke – photography
    Dish Food and Social – food
    Maggie – cake
    Janette en Heidi van Val de Vie - stationary design
    Mariette van Vars Liefde – flower
    Nico – décor and lighting
    Leigh Swart – honeymoon accommodation


  • Happy anniversary to Damien and Lucinda

    Posted on February 6, 2016 by Admin

    Val de Vie Events would like to congratulate Damien and Lucinda on their wedding anniversary. We wish you a lifetime of joy and love!


  • Don't miss the Market at Val de Vie this Sunday!

    Posted on February 5, 2016 by Admin

    Don't miss the Market at Val de Vie which is taking place this Sunday! There is so much to look forward to: Irresistible food stands present a variety of delicious homemade fare, ranging from oysters, pies and gourmet delicacies to decadent sweet treats. There's no shortage of refreshment either, with seven drink stations selling wines, bubbly, local beers and fresh juices.

    Apart from the all the tempting goods on offer, there's something for everyone at the market. Patrons are entertained by an exciting game of polo while enjoying the relaxed atmosphere and live music. Children are treated to a variety of fun activities with new surprises at every Market.

    The Market at Val de Vie is held between 10AM and 3PM. Join us for a day of sunshine and fun, see you there!

    If you'd like more information, please email events@valdevie.co.za.



  • Veuve Clicquot Polo is a celebrity favourite

    Posted on February 3, 2016 by Admin

    The Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic takes place in New York every year and it's a enjoyed by many celebrities, from Gwyneth Paltrow and January Jones to Selma Blair and Lauren Conrad.

    You can also be part of this glamorous world at the 2016 Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo which takes place at Val de Vie Estate on Saturday 5 March 2016.

    Tickets for the Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo are now available on Computicket's website.

    The event offers a luxurious day out for the stylish polo lover. As one of the oldest sports in the world, polo has become known over the years as the Sport of Kings, and the King of Sports. South Africa’s most renowned polo event, the annual Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo in Association with Bentley has after five years firmly established itself as one of the most prestigious events on the South African calendar.

    Ticket Options

    R950 ticket per person: Veuve Clicquot Gardens

    -        Shaded seating
    -        Lovely food offering
    -        1 glass of Veuve Clicquot
    -        Bar services
    -        Accreditation
    -        Polo Pitch access

    R4000 ticket per person: Veuve Clicquot VIP lounge

    -        Supreme and elevated view of the polo field as well as the fashion show
    -        Complete access to the polo pitch
    -        Shaded lounge seating
    -        Luxury menu offering
    -        Private bar service, including the following:
    -        Unlimited supply of Veuve Clicquot
    -        Soft drinks
    -        Butler service
    -        Private and secure area with security

    If you would like to do a group booking a minimum of 10 people is required.

    Veuve Clicquot Polo Pitch

    Veuve Clicquot Polo Pitch tickets are priced at R200. This area is located on the eastern side of the Val de Vie Pavilion, allowing guests to indulge in a chic picnic party on the side of the polo field. Come and enjoy the ‘Sport of Kings’ the old fashioned way, by rolling out your picnic blanket and enjoying a glass of Veuve Clicquot, ensuring the perfect polo appease!

    Remember your picnic blanket and sunhat. No food, drinks and external shading may be brought in. White Bedouin tents will provide shade and Veuve Clicquot hand held umbrellas will be on sale.

    Tickets are on sale on Computicket's website - be sure to book yours now!


  • Val de Vie Bridal Wisdom

    Posted on February 3, 2016 by Admin

    Jeanine and Luis celebrated their gorgeous wedding at Val de Vie in November 2015. Today Jeanine shares some of bridal wisdom from the day.

    1. What memory from your wedding day stands out the most when thinking back?
    We loved every second of our wedding day and there are so many special memories that it is hard to choose. For Luis, it was seeing me walking down the aisle, and for me it was our last dance. Simone (our awesome wedding planner) arranged for the band to play Coldplay’s “Sky Full of Stars” and the staff handed out sparkles to all the guest on the dance floor. It was such a lovely surprise and the perfect end to an amazing day.

    2. Is there anything you would have done differently?
    I wouldn’t have spent so much time worrying what the weather would be like on our wedding day :)

    3. Any advice for future brides?
    Plan the kind of wedding that you want, instead of being too concerned with tradition or expectations. Don’t let Pinterest overwhelm you and never forget the reason behind it all, which is you marrying the love of your life.  And if you can, hire a wedding planner!

    As for the actual wedding day, surround yourself with people you love, take a deep breath and just let the day unfold.

    4. What did you love most about Val de Vie?
    The attention to the detail, the impeccable service from the team, the beautiful views, the golden sunset and their ability to make our dream come true.

    5. When did you realise that Val de Vie would be your venue?
    We looked at several venues and fell in love with Val de Vie as soon as we walked in. We wanted a formal wedding which is why Val de Vie was perfect for us. The elegant black and white entrance to the Pavilion, the polo field and beautiful ballroom created the perfect setting for our black tie wedding. We had lunch, enjoyed some bubbles and decided on our wedding date.

    6. What was your wedding experience like?
    Luis and I had the time of our lives! The entire day we were surrounded by the people we love most, laughing, dancing, and having the grandest time! A huge thank you to the Val de Vie Events team for the coordination on the day. Everything came together perfectly, we could not have imagined a more wonderful day. All we had to do was to relax and enjoy every moment with our family and friends.

    7. Did you enjoy the planning process?
    The planning process was almost just as much fun as the wedding itself. My mom and I had the best time planning and dreaming about the wedding. Organising a wedding from afar can be intimidating and the best decision we made was to have the Val de Vie events team fully coordinate our wedding. We came to Simone with lots of ideas and she provided us with great advice, kept us organized and brought our vision to life.


  • Royal blue: One of the hottest colours for 2016

    Posted on February 3, 2016 by Marinique Viljoen

    Royal blue is a classic wedding color that's making a big comeback this year. A deep, elegant colour, it's also surprisingly versatile. For a traditional look, pair it with crisp white. Keen on something romantic? Royal blue and pale pink is a beautiful combination. If you want something bold and modern, royal blue and dashes of bright yellow is an eye-catching look.


  • Service is our pride and joy

    Posted on February 2, 2016 by Maryke

    "Good service is good business."
    - Siebel Ad

    At Val de Vie Events, we understand that customer service is a critical part of business. For this reason, our team is committed to offering impeccable service and being sensitive to the needs of our clients. After all, without our wonderful clients, we would not be able to create the events that give us so much joy and inspiration!

    Val de Vie Estate is an exceptional setting for any type of corporate event, from functions, team building and conferencing to intimate business meetings, lavish cocktail parties, product launches and year-end functions.

    To find out more, please contact Events@valdevie.co.za or visit our Corporate Events page.


  • Laureus appoints Ryk Neethling as its latest Ambassador

    Posted on February 2, 2016 by Admin

    (South Africa, 1 February 2016) Former South African swimmer and Olympic gold medalist, Ryk Neethling has been named the latest Laureus Sport for Good Foundation Ambassador joining an impressive list of sports icons who are a part the Laureus Family. The announcement was made at the inaugural Laureus Polo Cup hosted at Val de Vie Estate over the weekend.

    Born in Bloemfontein, Ryk attended Grey College, where he excelled in swimming, earning a place in the South African swimming team for the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta; he has since been lauded as one of the most accomplished swimmers to come out of the South African ranks. He currently holds the South African record in the 200, 400, 800 and 1500 metres freestyle events and up until August 2006 held the 4x100 metres freestyle relay world record.

    Chairman of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation SA, Morné du Plessis, said: “We are really excited to welcome Ryk to the Laureus stable. Ryk has proved himself to be more than just a triumphant sportsman. He has been an inspiration to swimmers across the country, understanding the importance of nurturing talented sportsmen and essentially playing a vital role as a mentor to champion swimmers Chad le Clos and Cameron van den Berg. Ryk epitomises the Laureus philosophy, we are really excited to have him on board.” says Morné du Plessis, Chairman of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation.

    “It’s a massive honor for me to be named a Laureus ambassador – on par with the privilege of being an Olympian. Not every Olympic gold medalist is invited to become part of this elite organisation. It shows that you’ve achieved more than just a win but have done something significant with it, and it is my goal to use my influence for good.” explains Ryk Neethling.

    Ryk joins a remarkable list of current and former sportsmen and women around the world who support and promote the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation. Ambassadors volunteer their time to work for the Foundation whose mission is to use sport as a means to combat some of the world’s toughest social challenges facing young people today, such as juvenile crime, gangs, HIV/AIDS, discrimination, social exclusion, lack of education, landmine awareness and health problems such as obesity. Since its inception Laureus has raised over €85 million to improve the lives of millions of young people and has supported  more than 150 community sports projects in 35 countries.

    About Laureus

    Laureus is a universal movement that celebrates the power of sport to bring people together as a force for good.  Laureus is composed of three core elements - the Laureus World Sports Academy, the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation and the Laureus World Sports Awards - which collectively celebrate sporting excellence and use sport as the means to promote social change.

    The first Patron of Laureus was Nelson Mandela.  At the inaugural Laureus World Sports Awards in 2000, he said: “Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. Sport can create hope where once there was only despair.” This has become the philosophy of Laureus; the driving force behind its work.

    The Laureus World Sports Awards is the premier global sports awards honouring the greatest sportsmen and women across all sports each year.  The winners are selected by the ultimate sports jury - the 55 members of the Laureus World Sports Academy, the living legends of sport honouring the great athletes of today.  The Awards are presented at an annual Awards Ceremony, attended by global figures from sport and entertainment, which is broadcast to 120 countries and territories.

    Proceeds from the Laureus World Sports Awards support the work of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation which since its inception has supported over 150 community sports projects around the world.  The 2015 Laureus World Sports Awards was held in Shanghai, China on April 15.

    Laureus was founded by its Patrons Richemont and Daimler and is supported by its Global Partners Mercedes-Benz and IWC Schaffhausen.

    Mercedes-Benz

    Mercedes-Benz is the inventor of the automobile – and has been passionately shaping its future since 1886. As pioneers in automotive engineering, it is both our inspiration and responsibility to continue the tradition of the brand with trailblazing technologies and high-quality products. Like no other trademark in the automotive world, Mercedes-Benz appeals to both the hearts and minds of its customers. We give our very best for customers who expect the very best. Since the founding fathers Gottlieb Daimler and Carl Benz, our corporate history has been one of innovation and pioneering achievements. Many technical innovations that are nowadays standard in automobiles first entered the market in a Mercedes-Benz. This is the basis for our claim to leadership in automotive engineering. The brand stands for Modern Luxury, and enjoys an outstanding reputation for quality, safety, comfort, design and comprehensive, sustainable mobility.

    IWC Schaffhausen

    With a clear focus on technology and development, the Swiss watch manufacturer IWC Schaffhausen has been producing timepieces of lasting value since 1868. The company has gained an international reputation based on a passion for innovative solutions and technical ingenuity. One of the world’s leading brands in the luxury watch segment, IWC crafts masterpieces of haute horlogerie at their finest, combining supreme precision with exclusive design. As an ecologically and socially responsible company, IWC is committed to sustainable production, supports institutions around the globe in their work with children and young people and maintains partnerships with organisations dedicated to climate and environmental protection.







  • Love is in the air

    Posted on February 1, 2016 by Elsje Human

    Happy February! As we welcome the month of love, we're already feeling inspired for Valentine's Day and all the fun it brings. There are so many lovely DIY ways to share some love, from baking delicious cookies (add a splash of pink food colouring for a cute touch) to making a beautiful homemade card. Watch our blog for more romantic ideas!


  • Feel the Pantone magic

    Posted on January 25, 2016 by Marinique Viljoen

    Pantone normally announces only one colour of the year, but in 2016 we have been treated to two beautiful shades! Rose Quartz and Serenity have been blended together in a beautiful, eye-catching harmony.

    We love the interplay between blue and pink: masculine and feminine, tranquility and romance. This unique combination can be used in so many ways: makeup, decor, fashion styling, print and graphic design... how will you be inspired by the look this year?


  • Happy anniversary to Anita and Demitri

    Posted on January 24, 2016 by Admin

    Val de Vie Events would like to congratulate Anita and Demitri on their wedding anniversary. We wish you lots of happiness today and forever more.


  • Jeanine & Luis' wedding video

    Posted on January 20, 2016 by Admin

    Vision on Fire have done it again with this stunning video of Jeanine & Luis' Val de Vie Wedding. What a magical day, we are so delighted to have been part of it!


  • Happy anniversary to Segun and Ebun

    Posted on January 17, 2016 by Admin

    Val de Vie Events would like to wish Segun and Ebun a very happy wedding anniversary. May your marriage continue be blessed with joy, harmony and love.


  • The dreamiest wedding look for 2016

    Posted on January 16, 2016 by Marinique Viljoen

    Pantone’s colours of the year for 2016, Rose Quartz and Serenity, are going to be a major source of inspiration in 2016. These soft, tranquil shades form a stunning palette for a dreamy and romantic wedding.

    Delicate roses, quartz gemstones, smooth rolls of satin and glowing candlelight are just some of the elements that we can imagine using in this serene look.


  • Shimmy Beach Club After Party at the Veuve Clicquot Polo on 05th March 2016

    Posted on January 15, 2016 by Admin

    As a highlight on the South African social calendar for the sixth year, the 2016 Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo is set to take place at Val de Vie Estate on Saturday 5 March 2016.

    2016 sees the Second Year that the unique Shimmy Beach will be hosting the official After Party (and the After After Party) for this chic and glamourous event.

    In Franschhoek and for the After Party – we will this year be installing a larger tent and also a one level event space – allowing for a larger dance floor and 3 categories of service and seating options – based on the varying needs of clients.

    General Access will allow all to access the after party COMPLIMENTARY and have access to the dance floor, Club style service for the bars, ‘pay-as-you-go’ food offering via Dish Food Services. There is no guaranteed seating for this category of clubbing.

    The VIP offering is a private section of the tent – accreditation via a security check point allowing only VIP patrons into the area. There is dedicated table seating – café styled tables and chairs for 10 guests per table station, private server attention, and an exclusive bar in the allocated area. There is a minimum spend requirement on beverages of R5000 for this experience that includes a R500 service fee. Thus, a pre-paid bar tab of R4500 is available for the group at their table.

    The famous Shimmy Premier Offering is sofa styled seating for 10 guests – right on the edge of the dance floor or in a private section if required, exclusive service, platter styled food offering may be arranged, Pop-Up bars, close-up access to the Shimmy entertainment with visits of the acts at the couch pockets for photographs, security controlled access point to the Premier section, and use of the official Shimmy Photographer for group action if so wished for memories and the Shimmy Paparazzi flash status. The cost of a Premier couch pocket is a R10 000.00 beverage minimum spend inclusive of R1000 service fee. There is also a Couch Pocket automatically arranged for the group at Shimmy Beach Club itself on the night for the After After Party with the same server continuing the group service at a prime location until 04H00.

    For all bookings and enquiries for the Shimmy Beach After Party, do contact Clayton Howard on clayton@shimmybeachclub.co.za

    Get your tickets for Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo 2016

    Tickets for the Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo are now available on Computicket's website.

    The event offers a luxurious day out for the stylish polo lover. As one of the oldest sports in the world, polo has become known over the years as the Sport of Kings, and the King of Sports. South Africa’s most renowned polo event, the annual Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo in Association with Bentley has after five years firmly established itself as one of the most prestigious events on the South African calendar.


  • Get your tickets for Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo 2016!

    Posted on January 14, 2016 by Admin

    It's only two months to go until the 2016 Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo!

    Tickets for the Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo are now available on Computicket's website.

    As a highlight on the South African social calendar for the sixth year, this day of splendour is set to take place at Val de Vie Estate on Saturday 5 March 2016.

    The event offers a luxurious day out for the stylish polo lover. As one of the oldest sports in the world, polo has become known over the years as the Sport of Kings, and the King of Sports. South Africa’s most renowned polo event, the annual Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo in Association with Bentley has after five years firmly established itself as one of the most prestigious events on the South African calendar.

    Ticket Options

    R950 ticket per person: Veuve Clicquot Gardens

    -        Shaded seating
    -        Lovely food offering
    -        1 glass of Veuve Clicquot
    -        Bar services
    -        Accreditation
    -        Polo Pitch access

    R4000 ticket per person: Veuve Clicquot VIP lounge

    -        Supreme and elevated view of the polo field as well as the fashion show
    -        Complete access to the polo pitch
    -        Shaded lounge seating
    -        Luxury menu offering
    -        Private bar service, including the following:
    -        Unlimited supply of Veuve Clicquot
    -        Soft drinks
    -        Butler service
    -        Private and secure area with security

    If you would like to do a group booking a minimum of 10 people is required.

    Veuve Clicquot Polo Pitch

    Veuve Clicquot Polo Pitch tickets are priced at R200. This area is located on the eastern side of the Val de Vie Pavilion, allowing guests to indulge in a chic picnic party on the side of the polo field. Come and enjoy the ‘Sport of Kings’ the old fashioned way, by rolling out your picnic blanket and enjoying a glass of Veuve Clicquot, ensuring the perfect polo appease!

    Remember your picnic blanket and sunhat. No food, drinks and external shading may be brought in. White Bedouin tents will provide shade and Veuve Clicquot hand held umbrellas will be on sale.

    Tickets are on sale on Computicket's website - be sure to book yours now!


  • Laureus Polo Cup 2016 at Val de Vie Estate

    Posted on January 12, 2016 by Admin

    We're excited to be hosting the Laureus Polo Cup 2016 at Val de Vie Estate. Join the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation
    South Africa as they host their inaugural Laureus Polo
    Cup to raise funds for their 14 youth development and
    community projects in South Africa.

    Hospitality Packages: R20 000 for 10 guests
    Individual tickets: R2200

    For your tickets and further information
    please email laureus@opulentliving.co.za or call 021 433 1699


  • Have a balanced and serene 2016

    Posted on January 12, 2016 by Marinique Viljoen

    As we head into a new year, many of us have new year's resolutions about living a more balanced and healthy lifestyle.

    Pantone’s colours of the year for 2016, Rose Quartz and Serenity, are beautifully gentle shades that inspire a sense of calm and tranquility. With that in mind, we wish you a balanced and harmonious 2016.


  • A beautiful Val de Vie bride is in the news

    Posted on January 11, 2016 by Admin

    We are so excited to see that Val de Vie bride Tamryn is on the cover of the Joy magazine! Tamryn and her husband held their beautiful wedding at the estate in 2013 and we are delighted to celebrate her success.


  • Rose Quartz and Serenity are THE colours for 2016

    Posted on January 10, 2016 by Simone de Wet

    Last month Pantone announced not one, but TWO colours of the year for 2016: a blend of Rose Quartz and Serenity. Here is what Pantone have to say about their choice:

    "As consumers seek mindfulness and well-being as an antidote to modern day stresses, welcoming colors that psychologically fulfill our yearning for reassurance and security are becoming more prominent. Joined together, Rose Quartz and Serenity demonstrate an inherent balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace."

    This relaxed, serene combination works beautifully as a soft, romantic decor scheme for weddings. We can't wait to see how brides interpret this palette in 2016!


  • Beach wedding bliss

    Posted on January 7, 2016 by Maryke

    The gorgeous sunny days of Summer are the best time to host a beach wedding. With South Africa's gloriously beautiful coastline offering many amazing locations, it's no wonder why so many brides love this option.

    If you’re dreaming of a beach wedding, we can bring the expertise of Val de Vie to your event. Our team can coordinate off-site events at the venue of your choice, from destination weddings and parties to so much more.

    For any enquiries, please contact Val de Vie Events.


  • Two months until Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo 2016!

    Posted on January 5, 2016 by Maryke

    It's only two months to go until the 2016 Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo!

    Tickets for the Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo are now available on Computicket's website.

    As a highlight on the South African social calendar for the fifth year, this day of splendour is set to take place at Val de Vie Estate on Saturday 5 March 2016.

    The event offers a luxurious day out for the stylish polo lover. As one of the oldest sports in the world, polo has become known over the years as the Sport of Kings, and the King of Sports. South Africa’s most renowned polo event, the annual Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo in Association with Bentley has after five years firmly established itself as one of the most prestigious events on the South African calendar.

    Ticket Options

    R950 ticket per person: Veuve Clicquot Gardens

    -        Shaded seating
    -        Lovely food offering
    -        1 glass of Veuve Clicquot
    -        Bar services
    -        Accreditation
    -        Polo Pitch access

    R4000 ticket per person: Veuve Clicquot VIP lounge

    -        Supreme and elevated view of the polo field as well as the fashion show
    -        Complete access to the polo pitch
    -        Shaded lounge seating
    -        Luxury menu offering
    -        Private bar service, including the following:
    -        Unlimited supply of Veuve Clicquot
    -        Soft drinks
    -        Butler service
    -        Private and secure area with security

    If you would like to do a group booking a minimum of 10 people is required.

    Tickets are on sale on Computicket's website - be sure to book yours now!


  • Pantone wedding perfection

    Posted on January 5, 2016 by Maryke

    Pantone has announced two colours of the year for 2016: the delicate hues known as Rose Quartz and Serenity have been blended together in a beautiful, eye-catching harmony.

    We are so inspired by this peaceful, serene combination, which will look dreamy and romantic as a wedding decor scheme.


  • Watermelon has never been so fresh

    Posted on January 3, 2016 by Simone de Wet

    Fresh, juicy slices of watermelon are an essential part of any Summer afternoon spent by the poolside.

    Now watermelon is also the hottest shade for summer weddings. This vibrant colour is both fun and romantic, offering a refreshing burst of energy into 2016 event decor.


  • Happy new year!

    Posted on January 1, 2016 by Maryke


  • Feel serene with Pantone's 2016 Colours

    Posted on December 29, 2015 by Simone de Wet

    As we head into a new year, we are feeling so inspired for all the new trends and ideas that will define 2016.

    Pantone’s colours of the year for 2016, Rose Quartz and Serenity, are big fashion news. These harmonious, peaceful shades could not be better suited to a gentle, romantic wedding.


  • Corporate events with flair

    Posted on December 28, 2015 by Maryke

    Val de Vie Estate is an exceptional setting for any type of corporate event, from functions, team building and conferencing to intimate business meetings, lavish cocktail parties, product launches and year-end functions.

    We understand that each event should offer the best possible experience for your clients or colleagues, which is why each corporate event is planned according to your unique needs. Our team can coordinate every aspect of your event, making the entire process as stress-free and efficient as possible.

    The  elegant ballroom, a truly luxurious venue, can comfortably accommodate 300 people for a seated dinner. Take advantage of our unique offerings, such as a private polo match with your company's branding, or perhaps wine tasting and blending with our winemaker, a great way to enjoy team building in the Paarl-Franschhoek Valley.

    We are proud to have hosted numerous top corporate businesses and brands, including Investec, Nikon, Veuve Clicquot, ABSA and BMW.

    To find out more, please contact Events@valdevie.co.za or visit our Corporate Events page.


  • Happy anniversary to Teneale and Imraan

    Posted on December 27, 2015 by Admin

    Val de Vie Events wishes Teneale and Imraan a very happy anniversary! Many best wishes and blessings as you continue walking life’s paths hand-in-hand and heart-in-heart.


  • Wishing you a very merry Christmas!

    Posted on December 25, 2015 by Maryke


  • Moody Marsala wedding inspiration

    Posted on December 23, 2015 by Simone de Wet

    As the year draws to an end, we take one final look at the fabulous Marsala Pantone that was the inspiration for so many weddings this past year.

    Images from Green Wedding Shoes


  • Black and white is always right

    Posted on December 22, 2015 by Maryke

    Corporate events often require a sophisticated edge, which is why we love a black and white decor scheme. Timeless and classic, the look can be jazzed up with an accent colour (we love gold) and opulent flower arrangements.

    Val de Vie Estate is an exceptional setting for any type of corporate event, from functions, team building and conferencing to intimate business meetings, lavish cocktail parties, product launches and year-end functions.

    We are proud to have hosted numerous top corporate businesses and brands, including Investec, Nikon, Veuve Clicquot, ABSA and BMW.

    To find out more, please contact Events@valdevie.co.za or visit our Corporate Events page.


  • Playful in pink

    Posted on December 21, 2015 by Maryke

    There is no colour more feminine and girly than pink, and this fun, rosy-hued shade is having it's turn in the spotlight. Pale pink lips and nails (or even hair!) are big fashion news. It's a playful look that doesn't taker itself too seriously - perfect for Summer parties and days at the beach.


  • Corporate events at Val de Vie

    Posted on December 19, 2015 by Simone de Wet

    Val de Vie Estate is an exceptional setting for any type of corporate event, from functions, team building and conferencing to intimate business meetings, lavish cocktail parties, product launches and year-end functions.

    We understand that each event should offer the best possible experience for your clients or colleagues, which is why each corporate event is planned according to your unique needs. Our team can coordinate every aspect of your event, making the entire process as stress-free and efficient as possible.

    The  elegant ballroom, a truly luxurious venue, can comfortably accommodate 300 people for a seated dinner. Take advantage of our unique offerings, such as a private polo match with your company's branding, or perhaps wine tasting and blending with our winemaker, a great way to enjoy team building in the Paarl-Franschhoek Valley.

    We are proud to have hosted numerous top corporate businesses and brands, including Investec, Nikon, Veuve Clicquot, ABSA and BMW.

    To find out more, please contact Events@valdevie.co.za or visit our Corporate Events page.


  • Say goodbye to 2015 in style

    Posted on December 18, 2015 by Simone de Wet

    At Val de Vie Events it's been a busy and exciting year, so we are inspired to end 2015 on a fabulous note! Indulge, pop open the bubbly and treat yourself to a glamorous year-end celebration like no other. Cheers!


  • Wishing you a wonderful festive season!

    Posted on December 18, 2015 by Admin


  • A festive treat: Cranberry Swirl Bread

    Posted on December 17, 2015 by Simone de Wet


    Ingredients

    Bread

    • 1/3 cup sugar
    • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active-dry yeast
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1/2 cup water
    • 1/2 cup milk
    • 1/3 cup butter

    Cranberry Filling

    • 1 1/2 cups chopped fresh or frozen cranberries
    • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
    • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
    • 1/4 cup water
    • 1 tablespoon butter
    • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
    • Powdered sugar for dusting

    Directions

    1. In a bowl of a stand mixer, fitted with a dough attachment, mix the sugar, yeast, salt and 1 cup of the flour (you'll use the other 2 1/2 cups later). If you don't have a stand mixer, you can simply use a large bowl and mix the sugar, yeast, salt and 1 cup of flour, together.
    2. In a small saucepan over medium heat, heat the water, milk and butter, until butter is melted. Let cool until mixture is lukewarm.
    3. Once cooled, add the liquid to dry ingredients in stand mixer and mix on speed 1.
    4. Stir in flour, one cup at a time, until a smooth dough is formed, increasing the speed to 2.
    5. Mix until dough comes together in a clean ball. Shape dough into a smooth ball, transfer to a lightly greased large bowl. Cover and allow to rise for one hour or doubled in size, usually around 1 hour. (Baker's note: If your dough is too sticky, add more flour, a spoonful at a time. If it's too dry, add a little olive oil)
    6. While you're waiting on your bread to rise, combine cranberries, brown sugar, cornstarch and water in a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat until mixture thickens, about 10-15 minutes. Make sure and cover slightly as your cranberries will start to burst!
    7. Remove from heat and stir in butter and lemon juice; cool.
    8. Punch down the dough and turn onto a lightly floured surface.
    9. Roll in to a 10 x 20-inch rectangle. Spread the cranberry sauce out to 1/2-inch from edges. Starting at one of the shorter sides, tightly roll up dough, pinching edges as you go. With the seam facing down, use a sharp knife and carefully slice completely through the dough, lengthwise down the center, end to end.
    10. Braid dough then carefully transfer to a lightly greased 10-inch loaf pan. It helped to have a second set of hands on this part!
    11. Cover with a towel and let rise in a warm place until doubled, 30-40 minutes.
    12. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake loaf for 40-45 minutes or until golden brown.
    13. Cool in pan for 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
    14. Dust with powdered sugar and top with fresh cranberries (optional), for a pop of color!

    All photos by Jonathan Stiers ©2014 | Adapted from Let's Dish and Baked by Rachel.

    http://stiersaesthetic.com/blog/2014/10/12/cranberry-swirl-bread


  • Be bold and daring with Marsala

    Posted on December 17, 2015 by Marinique Viljoen

    Marsala has been a hot colour in 2015 and we still love the drama and opulence that it brings to a decor scheme. Romantic, daring and rich, it's the perfect colour for brides who like to make a statement.

    The deep purple-red tones look beautiful paired with gold detailing. Creative, unusual flowers add to the look: Purple Ranuculus, Dark Red Oriental Lilies, Black Tulips, Chocolate Anthurium and Red Burgundy Peonies are some gorgeous options.

    If you are brave enough, intense dark marsala lipstick accentuates the romance.

    Top off the big day with the dessert of the year: macaroons! Even better, opt for a red velvet flavour... what could be more decadent?


  • It's wedding season at Val de Vie!

    Posted on December 16, 2015 by Maryke

    The wedding season is in full swing at Val de Vie and we love every minute of it! From grand celebrations to intimate occasions, the estate is proud to be the setting of many beautiful I-do's.

    Hosting an event at Val de Vie offers you the luxury of choice. With several unique venues within the estate, you can discover the perfect setting in which to celebrate your occasion.

    If you would like to find out more about hosting your wedding at Val de Vie, we invite you to visit us, enjoy a cup or two of coffee and chat about your dream day.

    Contact us

    events@valdevie.co.za | T: 021 863 6191 | F: 021 863 2741 | M: 072 72 655 21


  • Happy anniversary to Jenna and Lukas

    Posted on December 15, 2015 by Admin

    Val de Vie Events wishes a very happy anniversary to Jenna and Lukas. May your love and devotion inspire all who surround you, and may you be blessed with all the gifts that life has to offer.


  • Get your tickets for Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo 2016

    Posted on December 14, 2015 by Admin

    Tickets for the Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo are now available on Computicket's website.

    As a highlight on the South African social calendar for the fifth year, this day of splendour is set to take place at Val de Vie Estate on Saturday 5 March 2016.

    The event offers a luxurious day out for the stylish polo lover. As one of the oldest sports in the world, polo has become known over the years as the Sport of Kings, and the King of Sports. South Africa’s most renowned polo event, the annual Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo in Association with Bentley has after five years firmly established itself as one of the most prestigious events on the South African calendar.

    Ticket Options

    R950 ticket per person: Veuve Clicquot Gardens

    -        Shaded seating
    -        Lovely food offering
    -        1 glass of Veuve Clicquot
    -        Bar services
    -        Accreditation
    -        Polo Pitch access

    R4000 ticket per person: Veuve Clicquot VIP lounge

    -        Supreme and elevated view of the polo field as well as the fashion show
    -        Complete access to the polo pitch
    -        Shaded lounge seating
    -        Luxury menu offering
    -        Private bar service, including the following:
    -        Unlimited supply of Veuve Clicquot
    -        Soft drinks
    -        Butler service
    -        Private and secure area with security

    If you would like to do a group booking a minimum of 10 people is required.

    Tickets are on sale on Computicket's website - be sure to book yours now!


  • Val de Vie Events coordinates the opening of Sentebale's Mamohato's children centre in Lesotho

    Posted on December 14, 2015 by Admin

    Val de Vie Events were proud to have coordinated the opening of Sentebale's Mamohato's children centre in Lesotho. Sentebale is a charity founded by Prince Harry and Prince Seeiso of Lesotho. It helps vulnerable children, the forgotten victims of poverty and Lesotho's HIV/AIDS epidemic.

    We would like to thank the amazing service providers who assisted with the opening ceremony of Sentebale’s Mamohato Children’s Centre in Lesotho. We really appreciate your assistance!

    'Mamohato Children's Centre Opening 26th November from Sentebale on Vimeo.

    Industry experts:
    Andre van Niekerk – events photographer
    dei Gratia – PR
    N Concepts & Designs – flowers and décor
    Secret Diary Designs – all stationery
    Stacey Joy Rossouw – design
    Supa Sign – branding production
    Vlinder Media – social media


  • Pre-wedding pampering

    Posted on December 14, 2015 by Simone de Wet

    As the year draws to a close and we look back on our favourite memories, here's a moment  that we just have to share. Tracy, our beautiful Valentines bride, spoilt each of her bridesmaids with a couture bridesmaids dress and a Hermes bracelet. Talk about the ultimate in pampering - we think this is truly a fabulous way to get wedding-ready!


  • Very berry!

    Posted on December 13, 2015 by Admin

    Here's a trend that we adore for Summer weddings: berries! Beautiful to look at and delicious to eat, they are so versatile. Serve berry cocktails and popsicles as refreshing treats to your guests, or be original and incorporate berries into your floral decor. The deep purple hues of berries also create a stunning palette to work with.


  • Chic and slick: Corporate events at Val de Vie

    Posted on December 10, 2015 by Elsje Human

    Val de Vie Estate is an exceptional setting for any type of corporate event, from functions, team building and conferencing to intimate business meetings, lavish cocktail parties, product launches and year-end functions.

    We understand that each event should offer the best possible experience for your clients or colleagues, which is why each corporate event is planned according to your unique needs. Our team can coordinate every aspect of your event, making the entire process as stress-free and efficient as possible.

    The  elegant ballroom, a truly luxurious venue, can comfortably accommodate 300 people for a seated dinner. Take advantage of our unique offerings, such as a private polo match with your company's branding, or perhaps wine tasting and blending with our winemaker, a great way to enjoy team building in the Paarl-Franschhoek Valley.

    We are proud to have hosted numerous top corporate businesses and brands, including Investec, Nikon, Veuve Clicquot, ABSA and BMW.

    To find out more, please contact Events@valdevie.co.za or visit our Corporate Events page.


  • Pantone’s Colour(s) of the Year 2016: Rose Quartz and Serenity

    Posted on December 8, 2015 by Nadia Valentyn

    Pantone has announced their colour of the year for 2016 and this time we have TWO beautiful shades! The delicate hues known as Rose Quartz and Serenity have been blended together in a beautiful, eye-catching harmony.

    Here is what Pantone have to say about their choice:

    "As consumers seek mindfulness and well-being as an antidote to modern day stresses, welcoming colors that psychologically fulfill our yearning for reassurance and security are becoming more prominent. Joined together, Rose Quartz and Serenity demonstrate an inherent balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace.

    The prevalent combination of Rose Quartz and Serenity also challenges traditional perceptions of color association.

    In many parts of the world we are experiencing a gender blur as it relates to fashion, which has in turn impacted color trends throughout all other areas of design. This more unilateral approach to color is coinciding with societal movements toward gender equality and fluidity, the consumer's increased comfort with using color as a form of expression, a generation that has less concern about being typecast or judged and an open exchange of digital information that has opened our eyes to different approaches to color usage."

    We love this relaxed and peaceful combination, which will undoubtedly influence romantic wedding and event decor.


  • Sidney and Callan's Wedding

    Posted on December 7, 2015 by Admin

    Sidney and Callan celebrated their special day at Val de Vie and we were so happy to be part of the beautiful day. As these photos by Agapé Studio show, there was an atmosphere of joy at this wedding - the newlyweds were always smiling, as were the guests, who were loving every minute of the big day.

    Sidney is currently contracted to play for Griquas and their  wedding is scheduled to be part of a new TV series on DSTV's VIA TV .

    View more stunning shots on Agapé Studio's website.


  • A sneak peek at Andile & Akhona's wedding

    Posted on December 7, 2015 by Admin

    Andile & Akhona celebrated their special day at Val de Vie on 30 October 2015, and we are excited to share some stunning photos from the day, taken by Inecke Photography. Watch out for more to come!






  • Be bright this Christmas

    Posted on December 7, 2015 by Simone de Wet

    South Africans enjoy a warm and sunny festive season, so why not incorporate the bright, cheerful shades of summer into your decor? A fun pop of colour adds festive cheer and looks sublime. Be unconventional with non-traditional Christmas colours such as pink and turquoise. Christmas never felt so fun!


  • A big thank you from Val de Vie Events

    Posted on December 4, 2015 by Admin

    Val de Vie Events would like to thank all the amazing service providers who assisted with the Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup and the opening ceremony of Sentebale’s Mamohato Children’s Centre in Lesotho. We really appreciate your assistance!

    Industry experts:
    Andre van Niekerk – events photographer (Mamohato Children’s Centre launch & Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup)
    Andre Venter – singer (Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup)
    Audio Life – AV & sound (Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup)
    Banks R&L Hiring – hiring (Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup)
    Carryon Projects – picket fencing (Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup
    Chattels – decking & flooring (Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup)
    dei Gratia – PR (Mamohato Children’s Centre launch & Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup)
    Dish Food & Social – catering (Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup)
    Eurotech – WiFi & technical assistants (Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup)
    Fralene Hair & Make-up – make-up (Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup)
    ICT Globe – WiFi & technical assistants (Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup)
    Ignite Staff – waiters (Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup)
    In & Out – lighting (Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup)
    La Motte – wine (Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup)
    N Concepts & Designs – flowers and décor (Mamohato Children’s Centre launch)
    Okasie – décor and furnishing (Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup)
    Picardie – water sponsor (Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup)
    Polo Club Restaurant (Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup)
    Retroyspective – videography (Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup)
    Rikkis Taxis – valet service (Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup)
    RSA Litho – printing of programmes (Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup)
    Secret Diary Designs – allstationery (Mamohato Children’s Centre launch & Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup)
    Servant Hearted Staff – waiters (Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup)
    Soundprint – DJ (Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup)
    Stacey Joy Rossouw – design (Mamohato Children’s Centre launch)
    Stellenbosch Hair Academy – hair stylist (Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup)
    Supa Sign – branding production (Mamohato Children’s Centre launch & Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup)
    Tablecloth Hiring – linen (Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup)
    Thorburn – security (Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup)
    Thys Lombard – polo action photography (Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup)
    Touareg Tents – tents (Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup)
    Val de Vie Polo Club – polo (Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup)
    Val de Vie PR & Marketing – event branding & design (Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup)
    Vlinder Media – social media (Mamohato Children’s Centre launch & Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup)
    West Staff Services – waiters (Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup)
    Wilgenhof Estate – Tiffany chairs (Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup)


  • Be berrylicious this wedding season

    Posted on December 4, 2015 by Simone de Wet

    In 2015 the Pantone colour of the year was marsala, a rich, sensuous colour that stole our hearts. Taking inspiration from this luscious shade, we love lighter, brighter colours that are remind us of gorgeous fresh berries. The “Very Berry Beautiful” palette is a fresh take and ideal for a romantic summer wedding.


  • Inspired and trending: The minimalist Christmas

    Posted on December 3, 2015 by Elsje Human

    Baubles, tinsel and lots of sparkling lights are often what Christmas decor is all about. As a fresh alternative, we like this crisp, minimalist look that focuses on simplicity and carefully thought out details. Just keep it basic: a sprig of rosemary as an adornment, crisp white wrapping paper instead of shiny paper, and white-on-white in place of bright colours. Calm, chic and peaceful, this is a festive look we really love.


  • Val de Vie Estate hosts the sixth Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup

    Posted on December 1, 2015 by Admin

    On Saturday, 28 November 2015, we had the privilege of hosting royalty – including Prince Harry and Prince Seeiso of Lesotho – and other honoured guests at the sixth Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup. This was the first time that the event was held on African soil, after being conceptualised by Prince Harry in 2010.

    This event – the largest one day charity polo event in the world – took place two days after the opening ceremony of Sentebale’s Mamohato Children’s Centre in Lesotho, both  organised by Val de Vie Events.

    Prince Harry teamed up with founder and CEO of Val de Vie, Martin Venter; Royal Salute ambassador, Malcolm Borwick – who scored the first goal of the match – and businessman, Adamu Atta on the ISPS Handa Sentebale team. They were up against polo enthusiast, Hannes Pickard; one of the world’s top 100 polo players and Sentebale ambassador, Nacho Figueras; commercial property developer and investor, Rupert Hackwill and trained aerospace engineer, Bill Ballhaus on the Royal Salute team.
    Although it was a close match, keeping the suspense heightened, it was ultimately the Royal Salute team that won the game 8 to 7, after Bill Ballhaus scored the winning goal seconds before the end of the final chukker was signalled. This skillful move earned Ballhaus the title of ‘most valuable player.’

    Comments Ryk Neethling, Marketing Director at Val de Vie Estate: “Hosting this prestigious charity event at Val de Vie was a dream come true for us. We are extremely honoured to have welcomed Prince Harry, Prince Seeiso and all other esteemed guests to our estate for an amazing cause.”

    Other guests in attendance included businessmen, Patrice Motsepe, Tokyo Sexwale and Sir Martin Sorrell; Olympic gold medallist, Cameron van der Burgh; former Proteas cricket captain, Graeme Smith; TV personality, Minnie Dlamini and UK actress, Laura Main. Furthermore, scores of local and international media gathered at Val de Vie to capture the happenings of the day.

    We're delighted to share these photos with you! We're grateful for everyone who made this event possible.

    Sponsors of the event:

    Royal Salute - Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup
    ISPS Handa - Sentebale team sponsor
    Rolex - official timepiece sponsor
    Garrard - official jeweller and silversmith and the Most Valuable Player sponsor
    Val de Vie Estate - official host of Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup 2015
    Emirates - official airline of Sentebale’s South African tour
    Drakenstein Municipality
    Wesgro

    Industry experts (list of service providers of the event at Val de Vie Estate and in Lesotho):

    Andre van Niekerk – Events Photographer
    Andre Venter Musiek – Singer
    Audio Life – AV & Sound
    Banks R&L Hiring – Hiring
    Carryon Projects – Picket Fencing
    Chattels – Decking & Flooring
    Dei Gratia – PR
    Dish Food & Social – Catering
    Eurotech - Wifi & Technical Assistants
    Fralene Hair & Make-up
    ICT Globe – Wifi & Technical Assistants
    Ignite Staff – Waiters
    In & Out – Lighting
    La Motte – Wine
    N Concepts & Designs – Flowers and décor for the MCC Launch in Lesotho
    Okasie – Décor and furnishing for the Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup
    Picardie – Water Sponsor
    Retroyspective – Videography
    Rikkis Taxis – Valet Service
    RSA Litho – Printing of Programs
    Secret Diary Designs - Stationery
    Servant Hearted Staff – Waiters
    Soundprint – DJ
    Stellenbosch Hair Academy
    Supasign – Branding production
    Tablecloth Hiring – Linen
    Thorburn – Security
    Thys Lombard – Polo Action Photography
    Touareg Tents – Tents
    Val de Vie Polo Club – Polo
    Vlinder Media – Social Media
    West Staff Services – Waiters
    Wilgenhof Estate – Tiffany Chairs




















  • Happy anniversary to Jan and Christi

    Posted on November 29, 2015 by Admin

    Val de Vie Events would like to congratulate Jan and Christi on their wedding anniversary. Our team wishes you lots of happiness today and forever more.


  • Charl and Amy's wedding

    Posted on November 27, 2015 by Admin

    We are delighted to share some gorgeous images from Charl and Amy's wedding at Val de Vie. What a romantic and joyful day - we are so grateful to have been part of it. Wishing this lovely couple a lifetime of happiness!











  • Destination Wedding Inspiration: Morocco

    Posted on November 26, 2015 by Simone de Wet

    The exotic appeal of Morocco always inspires us. Add some Moroccan flair to your wedding or event with deep, vibrant colours such as dark blue, red, gold and crisp white. Intricate patterns, lace and blue and white ceramics add to the look.


  • Super-estate formed as Pearl Valley Golf & Country Estate becomes part of Val de Vie Estate

    Posted on November 25, 2015 by Admin

    In a landmark residential property deal, which has been approved by the Competition Commission, Val de Vie Estate and a consortium of partners including the Mantis Collection have acquired Pearl Valley Golf & Country Estate from Standard Bank. This will create a luxury "super-estate" under the Val de Vie brand.

    The acquisition includes the entire first phase of Pearl Valley, the Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, the clubhouse, a hotel site on which the Mantis Collection Pearl Valley Hotel will be developed, a 20 hectare equestrian farm, approximately 80 serviced and unsold plots as well as 150 un-serviced residential plots. Pearl Valley was previously owned by Dubai World which acquired it for R700 million in 2007.

    Val de Vie will oversee the management, marketing, sales and new developments, and will implement strategies to achieve economies of scale in order to reduce security, maintenance and landscaping costs, which will decrease levies for the individual homeowner. Pearl Valley Golf Club will maintain a separate Homeowners' Association (HOA) and will be managed by Val de Vie alongside other brands with individual HOA's that fall under Val de Vie, such as the Val de Vie Lifestyle Club, Polo Village, Evergreen Retirement Village and The Stables.

    Comments Martin Venter, Founder & CEO of Val de Vie Investments: "The mutually beneficial inclusion of Pearl Valley within the larger Val de Vie family and amongst its other diverse offerings, completes the vision of providing the ultimate in secure, luxury living."

    Pearl Valley has consistently been rated amongst the top five best golf courses in South Africa over the last ten years and was named "Best Residential Estate in South Africa" in a recent New World Wealth survey, while Val de Vie has won multiple awards at the International Property Awards including "Safest House in Africa" and "Best Development in South Africa".

    Residents will now enjoy shared and easy access to amenities on both estates which include the golf course, fitness centres, tennis and squash courts, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, multiple equestrian facilities, a riding arena and two polo fields. Val de Vie's polo facilities are of such a standard that the estate was selected to host the sixth Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup in November 2015. This will be the first time that this prestigious charity event will be held on African soil and it will see the likes of Prince Harry and Nacho Figueras, one of the world's top polo players, participate in the game.

    Property and new developments

    Comments Ryk Neethling, Marketing Director at Val de Vie Estate: "The demand for property in the Paarl-Franschhoek Valley, where Val de Vie and Pearl Valley are situated has increased sharply over the past 24 months. To satisfy this demand, we recently announced the expansion of Val de Vie's borders to include an additional 322 hectares of land."

    Development plans for this land, bought from Pearl Valley in 2013, include 13 Gentleman's Estates, four River Reserves, additional developer's plots, a retirement village, a large conservation area and other lifestyle amenities. Developer's land stock valued at over R500 million on this Val de Vie extension was sold over the past 12 months.

    Val de Vie and Pearl Valley are only a 35 minute drive from Cape Town and Cape Town International Airport. Furthermore, Val de Vie is planning the construction of a bridge over the Berg River to connect with the R45 provincial road. This development, which should be completed in 2017, will give residents of both estates faster and easier access to excellent schools, the University of Stellenbosch and Cape Town International Airport.

    The construction of the Mantis Collection Hotel at Pearl Valley Golf Club will begin in January 2016. It will be a five-star luxury hotel with 68 units and 90 rooms. Fifty percent of the hotel rooms were bought by the consortium, which gives individual investors the opportunity to buy into the establishment. The hotel will be managed by Mantis who, like Val de Vie and Pearl Valley, is committed to the spirit of conservation and responsible development. The Mantis Collection, a leader in luxury hospitality, and its founder Adrian Gardiner are well known for the development of the iconic Shamwari Game Reserve.

    "This unique lifestyle offering within a secure environment is without match and we are pleased to be able to continue creating a place where families can live their dreams,"concludes Venter.

    For further information on Val de Vie's sales and property developments contact :
    Val de Vie Property: +27 21 863 6105
    property@valdevie.co.za

    For more info regarding the announcement, please contact:
    pr@valdevie.co.za
    021 863 6144

    Val de Vie Estate associated brands and product offering:

    Val de Vie Lifestyle Club with own HOA

    Pearl Valley Golf Club with own HOA

    Polo Village with own HOA

    Polo Village Family Offices with own HOA

    Gentleman’s Estates

    Evergreen Retirement Village with own HOA

    Levendal Village

    The Stables with own HOA

    Mantis Collection Hotel at Pearl Valley Golf Club

    Le Huguenot Wine Cellar

    The Vines

    The Val de Vie Polo Hotel

    The Polo Club Restaurant

    The River Village

    Retail Village

    The Oaks

    Awards:

    Val de Vie Estate:

    International Property Awards – World’s Best Marketing 2015 (Polo Village)

    International Property Awards – Safest House in Africa 2015 (Polo House)

    International Property Awards – Best Development in South Africa 2014

    Pearl Valley:

    New World Wealth Survey – Best Residential Estate in South Africa 2015


  • Val de Vie Estate: An exceptional setting for your wedding

    Posted on November 25, 2015 by Admin

    Val de Vie Estate is famous for its dazzling scenery, chic polo events and award-winning wines. But it is also highly regarded as a world-class venue, whether you are planning an intimate wedding or a large celebration. Our experienced team of event coordinators can take care of every aspect of your special day, from flowers and food to lighting and transport. Every detail is attended to with love and care, allowing you to relax and enjoy every moment.

    It is our privilege and pleasure to host a variety of events at the estate, and we are honoured to be hosting Prince Harry at the Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup, which will take place for the first time on African soil, on Saturday, 28 November 2015 at Val de Vie Estate. Our team is coordinating two charity events for Prince Harry and we are thrilled to be part of this event. Whether we are hosting royals or your own special day, we are always committed to creating a memorable, exceptional experience.

    The Venue

    Hosting an event at Val de Vie offers you the luxury of choice. With several unique venues within the estate, you can discover the perfect setting in which to celebrate your occasion.

    We offer six unique areas that are ideally suited to various events and occasions:

    The Polo Pavilion

    The iconic Polo Pavilion is the crown of the estate, overlooking the vast polo fields with the stables on the right shoulder and the Franschhoek mountains towering before it. It is here where we host our seasonal polo tournaments and exhibition matches, including the Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters and Cintron Pink Polo in aid of Breast Cancer. Impressive in stature, one is awestruck every time you pass through the arches that lead to the scenic terraces.

    The Ballroom

    Val de Vie boasts a classic French- inspired ballroom. Tall glass sliding doors invite the outside scenery into this elegant space forming a magnificent backdrop to your reception. The ballroom can comfortably seat 300 guests when using the dance floor space or 250 guests without making use of the dance floor. The venue includes luxury wheelchair friendly ladies' and gents' restrooms.

    The Ceremony Quad

    The Ceremony Quad is a magnificent location for saying your vows. With sweeping views of the surrounding mountains and lush polo fields, there is nothing else quite like this area.

    The Restaurant

    At the heart of Val de Vie Estate, overlooking the pristine polo fields, lies the renowned Polo Club Restaurant and Black Bar. With exceptional views of the mountains and the estate, our restaurant area is a versatile venue for private functions.

    L'Huguenot Cellar

    A new addition to the Val de Vie offering, the L'Huguenot Cellar at Val de Vie Estate, presents the perfect combination between old and new world style. With incredible views over the historic vineyards, the venue has the capacity to accommodate up to 500 seated guests, as well as more intimate functions and meetings in the chic designer Vinoteque.

    Terraces

    The Polo Pavilion's terraces command spectacular views of the polo fields. They are a popular setting for pre-drinks: guests can sip on fine wines or bubbly while enjoying a live polo match, or perhaps a game of boules or croquet.

    Coordination

    Full Coordination

    Our comprehensive Full Coordination Service offers the ultimate in planning luxury. With your unique preferences and needs taken into account, our team will manage every element of your event and ensure that it runs smoothly from beginning to end.

    On-the-day Coordination

    This planning service allows you to relax and enjoy your event on the day itself. We will manage the course of your event according to a detailed programme, ensuring that it turns out to be a flawless experience.

    Destination Weddings

    Whether you’re dreaming of a beach wedding or a smart corporate retreat, we can bring the expertise of Val de Vie to your event. Our team can coordinate off-site events at the venue of your choice, from destination weddings and parties to so much more. Currently some of our talented coordinators are thrilled to be in Lesotho to assist with a charity event for Prince Harry.

    Polo at your wedding

    A polo game at Val de Vie is nothing short of spectacular, capturing a true sense of tradition and occasion. Our events team will help you to add the excitement and elegance of this noble sport to your celebration.

    A Rolls Royce drives the wedding couple to the side of the polo field, where they can watch a line of polo ponies walk in procession as the Val de Vie anthem plays. When the polo players reach the couple, they receive the chance to start the game by throwing the ball in.

    The menu

    Expect a lavish feast of flavours! Dish Food & Social is the on-site catering company that will custom design your menu for your event, based on your requirements and budget.

    If you require a Halaal or Kosher menu you may make use of another catering company. Kindly note that a fee will apply for the use of the kitchen space.

    ...And all the rest

    Lighting and sound? Decor and hiring? Flowers? Serving staff? Transport? We know that a lot of planning goes into a wedding, which is why we can assist with all the important details. To top it off, we have a valued network of service providers that we work with, presenting you with the best the industry has to offer.

    Contact us

    We would love to meet with you. Our team invites you for a site visit, consultation, coffee date and a discussion of your wedding dreams.

    events@valdevie.co.za
    t: +27 (0) 863 6191
    f: +27 (0) 863 2741
    M: +27 (0) 72 726 5521


  • Feel festive with opulent deep purple

    Posted on November 23, 2015 by Simone de Wet

    The rich hues of deep purple and plum make these colours a luscious option for festive decor. Opulent, regal and luxurious, deep purple is a special colour: masculine yet feminine, serious yet festive. This makes it well-suited for year-end functions and Christmas parties.


  • Happy anniversary to Nic and Francesca

    Posted on November 22, 2015 by Admin

    Val de Vie Events sends Nic and Francesca loving wishes on their wedding anniversary. May it be something so very special with many more happy years to come.


  • Prince Harry to play in the sixth Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup held for the first time in South Africa

    Posted on November 20, 2015 by Admin

    It has been officially confirmed that Prince Harry will be playing in the Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup, which will take place for the first time on African soil, on Saturday, 28 November 2015 at Val de Vie Estate – a leading polo, lifestyle and residential estate set in the Western Cape province of South Africa.

    Val de Vie is set to welcome royalty and honoured guests to its premises – and to the scenic Paarl-Franschhoek Valley – as the official host of this esteemed event, which was conceptualised by Prince Harry in 2010.

    Now in its sixth year, the Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup is the largest one day charity polo event in the world, and is specifically held to raise money for Sentebale – a charity founded by Prince Harry and Prince Seeiso to assist Lesotho’s vulnerable children. To date, the event has raised over R60 million (£3 million) for Sentebale and once again, all proceeds of this year’s polo cup will go to the charity.

    This year’s event will take place two days after the opening ceremony of Sentebale’s Mamohato Children’s Centre in Lesotho – the first centre of its kind in Southern Africa that will provide children affected by HIV/AIDS with the best care available. Val de Vie Events (Pty) Ltd was selected to organise this event.

    Prince Harry will join Sentebale ambassador, Nacho Figueras on the Sentebale ISPS Handa team and they will be up against the likes of Royal Salute ambassador, Malcolm Borwick on the Royal Salute team. Three Val de Vie Polo Club members will also take to the field for this momentous match.

    Comments Ryk Neethling, Marketing Director at Val de Vie Estate: “We are extremely honoured to host the Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup at Val de Vie. It is likewise a privilege to welcome the founders of Sentebale – Prince Harry and Prince Seeiso – to our estate. Like Sentebale, we are passionate about helping those in need, and are pleased to be able to play a supporting role in the excellent work that this charity is doing in a country so close to ours.”

    One of the most sought-after estates in South Africa – just 35 minutes from Cape Town – Val de Vie could not be a more fitting venue for the event as it has become well-known locally and internationally as a prime polo destination, with full equestrian facilities, a riding arena and two immaculate polo fields kept to Hurlingham standards. Since its inception in 2004, Val de Vie has experienced tremendous growth and has launched a number of new property developments. It has received many a prestigious international award for a number of these developments and the security it offers its residents, including the title of Safest House in Africa for its Polo House.

    Val de Vie established its own polo club in 2007 and the game has since become intrinsic to the estate’s lifestyle. Polo games are played three times per week during the warmer months of the year from October to April and a wealth of high-end events, including the BMW International Polo Series, the Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo, and the Cintron Pink Polo are regularly held at the estate. As such, Val de Vie has certainly earned its reputation as one of the finest venues where polo is played by top international representatives – and royalty.

    For further press information, contact dei Gratia Marketing & Communications on +27 21 701 3716 or at kathryn@dei-gratia.co.za

    For further information on Val de Vie Estate, contact Ryk Neethling on +27 60 608 3830 or at Ryk.Neethling@valdevie.co.za

    ABOUT SENTEBALE

    Sentebale is a charity co-founded by Prince Harry and Prince Seeiso of Lesotho – a southern African country bordered within South Africa. Prince Harry visited Lesotho in 2004 and was struck by the devastating effect that the HIV/AIDS epidemic was having on the nation, particularly on its children. Founded in 2006, Sentebale means ‘forget me not’ in Sesotho. It is a charity that aims to rewrite the future of the impoverished population of Lesotho by providing the thousands of children and young people affected by HIV/AIDS with vital access to accommodation, care, education and critical psychosocial support. If children with HIV are educated about the virus, they not only learn about their condition but can educate their peers about the disease, enlightening a generation about this potential killer.


  • Inspired & trending: Natural beauty

    Posted on November 20, 2015 by Simone de Wet

    Nature is always an endless source on inspiration, offering a boundless palette of colours and a rich array of patterns. The unique forms, shapes and hues found in nature can be a perfect starting point for a decor scheme... something exotic and unusual can suddenly become a beautifully harmonious concept.


  • Brittany and David's wedding

    Posted on November 18, 2015 by Admin

    Brittany and David celebrated their gorgeous wedding at Val de Vie and it's such a treat to see the photos by Charlene Schreuder Photography. The special day had so many memorable elements - a live polo match, a crisp, romantic decor scheme and plenty of smiles and happiness. Wishing Brittany and David a lifetime of joy together!


  • Spanish wedding flair

    Posted on November 17, 2015 by Marinique Viljoen

    Today we are so inspired by beautiful Spain, a country famous for its rich heritage, gorgeous sunny weather and sense of romance.

    There are many ways to add a touch of Spanish flair to your event. We love delicate lace paper envelopes for invitations, or adding lace as a decorative element in your decor.

    A Spanish Mantilla veil is so feminine and timeless - complete the look with chandelier earrings and a glowing tan.

    Guests will get into the festive mood with delicious Sangria and the sounds of a Spanish music ensemble.

    Olé!


  • Happy anniversary to David & Brittany

    Posted on November 15, 2015 by Admin

    Val de Vie Events would like to wish David and Brittany a very happy wedding anniversary to a lovely couple. May you have more happy years together.


  • Polo with a purpose: Thousands unite in aid of breast cancer awareness and support at sixth annual Cintron Pink Polo

    Posted on November 12, 2015 by Admin

    All things grand and glamorous were in order this past Saturday at the sixth annual Cintron Pink Polo event held at Val de Vie Estate in the Paarl-Franschhoek valley. Guests from near and far swanned to the estate’s polo grounds for what was a unique blend of elegance, entertainment and exquisite scenery, all in support of the fight against breast cancer.

    Funds generated through the event will go to non-profit organisation Reach for Recovery and its Ditto project, which will assist women with their practical and medical needs in their fight and recovery from the disease.

    The day’s proceedings included a luxurious fashion show, hosted by international fashion brands, Vicomte A. & IKKS, a live performance by celebrity vocalist, Tamara Dey, and of course an exciting polo match, which saw sponsors, Cintron and Julius Baer competing head-to-head. After four chukkas, the nail-biting match ended on a score of 5-6 to team Julius Baer, with captain, Tom de Bruin’s pony, Chilli, being named Best Playing Pony of the day. No polo event is complete without the traditional act of divot stomping, and this was no exception – guests put their best foot forward and took to the field with luxury car brand, Crossley and Webb to pat down the torn up turf.

    Food was a talking point as guests were presented with an indulgent spread of skilfully crafted, never before seen “food-ventions”. This year also saw the launch of the Pink Food Truck Fair which offered guests a laid-back experience where they were able to enjoy tantalising food straight from innovative food trucks.

    Some of SA’s most famous faces were amongst esteemed guests. From Tanya van Graan to Liezel van der Westhuizen and Jen Su, these A-list celebs joined in to support this worthy cause.

    Comments Simone de Wet, MD at Val de Vie Events: “Six years ago the event was launched to act as a vocal platform and to raise awareness about breast cancer in our country, and world-wide. The day was a celebration of stories of miraculous healing, as well as an opportunity for those who have lost loved ones to honour the lives they lived.”

    Follow Pink Polo SA on Facebook and Instagram for all the latest updates on the event.


  • A fresh take on the beach wedding

    Posted on November 10, 2015 by Elsje Human

    With Summer well on the way, many brides-to-be are dreaming of romantic beach weddings. While shells and ocean elements will always be popular in beach wedding styling, why not be different and add some lush, green foliage to your decor? We think this looks very striking and makes for a refreshing change.


  • Happy anniversary to Zanele & Apothi

    Posted on November 8, 2015 by Admin

    Val de Vie Events would like to congratulate Zanele and Apothi on their wedding anniversary. Wishing you another wonderful year of marriage bliss together!


  • The Cintron Pink Polo teams have been announced!

    Posted on November 6, 2015 by Admin

    Here are the handicaps of the two polo teams who will be giving it their all on Saturday to win the Cintron Pink Polo Cup. The R550 high-tea ticket options is sold out, so why not treat yourself to the sumptuous Matador VIP High Tea? This offering includes a fantastic viewing area, a lavish high tea,  limited drinks vouchers AND general access to the official after party. A limited number of tickets are available on Computicket for R950 each.




  • Exchange rate favours expats to invest in property

    Posted on November 4, 2015 by Admin

    Interesting report by BIZCOMMUNITY

    It is estimated that approximately 360,000 expat South Africans have returned home in the past five years, and another 34,000 are currently seriously considering their return.

    And according to the results of a major new survey by LinkedIn, South Africa currently ranks sixth among the top 20 countries in the world that are showing a net gain in the number of professionals migrating for work, behind Germany, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland, and the UAE.

    "Some of the main factors behind this repatriation trend are the quality of life on offer in South Africa and the exciting employment opportunities that are increasingly opening up now for people with scientific, technical, engineering and maths skills, as well as the natural attraction of living near family and friends," says Rawson Property Group managing director, Tony Clarke.

    "In addition, returning South Africans are well aware that the comparative cost of living here is much lower than in many major cities abroad, with the latest figures showing that it costs 43% less to live in Johannesburg than in New York, and that the city is 50% cheaper than London or Sydney."

    Weak rand

    "However, even better news for the local real estate market at the moment is the weakness of the rand against the pound, dollar and euro, which is prompting many expats who have been earning and saving in those currencies for the past few years to buy property 'back home' - either as an investment or in anticipation of their own return.

    "And of course they can buy much more for their money now than they could a few years ago. For example, those who might have bought a R2m property with pounds five years ago can now acquire a property worth some R2,75m for the same investment," Clarke says.

    "Similarly, those who might have used euros to buy a R2m property in 2011 can now acquire a home worth R3m thanks to the decline in the rand exchange rate, and this puts them in a good position to buy into gated estates and other luxury developments where they can enjoy a high level of security."

    It is therefore no surprise that the Rawson Property Group is currently receiving a high number of enquiries from expats. "These are mostly coming via our website at the moment but we do expect a large number of prospective investors to book actual property viewings and conclude purchases during December and January, when many expats traditionally visit South Africa to spend time with their families."

    Value for money

    At that time those who have lived abroad for some time are likely to be surprised and impressed with the value for money on offer compared to that available in many overseas or African markets.

    "Our latest research shows, for example, that prices for three bedroom terrace homes within 25km of London and in good condition start at around £100,000 - which is the equivalent, currently, of about R2m. One can acquire modern three bedroom, two bathroom family homes with lush gardens, garages and pools for less than that within 25km of both Johannesburg and Cape Town.

    "For R2m one can also acquire a variety of brand new homes in all of SA's main cities and towns, including apartments, townhouses and freehold homes in security complexes and estates that usually also offer additional facilities ranging from high-speed broadband connectivity to gyms, business centres and clubhouses."

    Clarke does, though, have one word of caution about the increase in expat buying and that is for SA property sellers, who should be careful not to get carried away as regards pricing. "Expats are generally very astute buyers who have done careful research, so they will definitely not pay anything more than market value, even when the price is low by their standards."


  • Inspired and Trending: Go for green

    Posted on November 2, 2015 by Elsje Human

    As we move into the last month of Spring, the timing couldn't be better to celebrate the colour green. We are particularly drawn to deep green shades, which bring a sense of harmony and contemplative calm  to an environment.


  • Happy anniversary to Chanel and Garth

    Posted on November 1, 2015 by Admin

    Val de Vie Events would like to wish Chanel and Garth a very happy wedding anniversary. Wishing more laughter, more joy, more love for the both of you in the years to come.


  • Happy anniversary to Tanya and Kasper

    Posted on October 28, 2015 by Admin

    Val de Vie Events would like to wish Tanya and Kasper a very happy wedding anniversary. We were delighted to coordinate their gorgeous wedding at La Residence and have such special memories of that day.

    Wishing you all the happiness and love in the world.


  • A passion for pink

    Posted on October 26, 2015 by Admin

    Pink is big news at the moment as a hot fashion trend. From soft, dusty pink eye shadow to romantic rose-coloured dresses, there are many ways to embrace the trend (even pink hair!).

    Of course, pink is also the colour of breast cancer awareness. Our Cintron Pink Polo event is coming up on 7 November 2015 and funds generated by Cintron Pink Polo will go to Reach for Recovery, a non-profit organisation which provides emotional care and practical support to breast cancer patients and their families.

    The event offers an opportunity for families and friends to unite against an illness that has affected millions of lives, not only in South Africa, but across the globe.

    Date: Saturday, 7 November 2015
    Venue:
    Val de Vie Estate, R301, Jan van Riebeeck Drive, Paarl, 7646
    Time:
    14:00 – 19:00
    Cost:
    The R550 high-tea ticket options is sold out, so why not treat yourself to the sumptuous Matador VIP High Tea? This offering includes a fantastic viewing area, a lavish high tea,  limited drinks vouchers AND general access to the official after party. A limited number of tickets are available on Computicket for R950 each.
    Dress:
    Smart-casual in pink or white – chic yet comfortable

    Event takes place RAIN OR SHINE!

    Val de Vie Estate can be contacted telephonically on +27 (0) 21 863 6100; or by email on events@valdevie.co.za.  Alternatively, visit www.valdevie.co.za for more information.


  • The Matador VIP High Tea at Cintron Pink Polo is a real treat

    Posted on October 26, 2015 by Admin

    It's not long until Cintron Pink Polo, which is taking place on 7 November 2015. If you'd like to be part of this special event, why not treat yourself to the sumptuous Matador VIP High Tea? This offering includes a fantastic viewing area, a lavish high tea,  limited drinks vouchers AND general access to the official after party.

    A limited number of tickets are available on Computicket.

    About Cintron Pink Polo

    Funds generated by Cintron Pink Polo will go to Reach for Recovery, a non-profit organisation which provides emotional care and practical support to breast cancer patients and their families.

    The event offers an opportunity for families and friends to unite against an illness that has affected millions of lives, not only in South Africa, but across the globe.

    Date: Saturday, 7 November 2015
    Venue: Val de Vie Estate, R301, Jan van Riebeeck Drive, Paarl, 7646
    Time: 14:00 – 19:00
    Dress: Smart-casual in pink or white – chic yet comfortable

    Event takes place RAIN OR SHINE!

    Val de Vie Estate can be contacted telephonically on +27 (0) 21 863 6100; or by email on events@valdevie.co.za.  Alternatively, visit www.valdevie.co.za for more information.


  • Posted on October 23, 2015 by janette

    Our Gentleman's Estate feature in the African Design Magazine this week.

    Winner of multiple prestigious property awards, Val de Vie Estate has just received another accolade as its Gentleman’s Estates have collectively been named the second most exclusive estate in South Africa for 2015, by Hurst & Wills and New World Wealth. The selection process was purely based on estates’ appeal to the wealthy, which would generally be influenced by elements such as security, location, lifestyle offerings, scenery and space.

    The Gentleman’s Estates – the latest property development to be added under the Val de Vie brand – range from 1,2 to 3,53 hectares and are currently being developed. These smallholdings will allow owners the opportunity to cultivate vineyards, olive groves, organic vegetables and the like, or to keep horses or certain breeds of livestock. Thus, these estates cater perfectly to those who wish to enjoy all the perks of farm life, without the stresses of commercial farming and with the added benefit of the estate’s outstanding security.

    Comments Ryk Neethling, Val de Vie’s Marketing Director:

    “Val de Vie has been an extremely popular choice for families from all corners of the country, as well as for expats wanting to invest in South African property. In the past year, we have launched a number of residential offerings, also including Polo Village and The Vines; and we are extremely pleased that the latest of Val de Vie’s developments – Gentleman’s Estates – has received such esteemed recognition.”

    Further indicating the appeal of this property offering, 75% of the Gentleman’s Estates were sold within the first two months following the launch date.

    Ideally situated in the Paarl-Franschhoek Valley, Val de Vie Estate falls within a highly successful farming area, just 30 minutes from Cape Town, allowing residents the best of both worlds.

    Comments Dr Andrew Golding, Chief Executive of the Pam Golding Property Group:

    “Residents at Val de Vie can reap the rewards and satisfaction of tilling the land while enjoying an idyllic lifestyle on one of South Africa’s most successful estates.”

    Home to the ‘Safest House in Africa’, Val de Vie truly has something rare to offer in terms of security, as well location and lifestyle. Renowned for its excellent wines, world-class polo grounds and other offerings such as a health club with gym, squash and tennis courts plus heated indoor pool and top quality restaurant, Val de Vie has added a highly attractive element with this agricultural offering.

    “The essence of these properties reiterates that which we’ve poured our hearts into prioritising as an estate – life lived close to nature, with a range of excellent amenities on one’s doorstep, world-class security and the freedom to enjoy one’s surroundings – ‘life worth living’, as we like to say,” concludes Neethling.

    The results for the top five most exclusive estates in South Africa for 2015 were as follows:

    First place: Zimbali Estate, KwaZulu-Natal

    Second place: The Gentleman’s Estates at Val die Vie Estate, Paarl-Franschhoek Valley

    Third place: Pezula Private Estate, Knysna

    Fourth place: Fancourt Estate, Garden Route

    Fifth place: Pearl Valley Golf & Country Estate, Paarl-Franschhoek Valley

    africandesignmagazine.com


  • Get Your Pink On, Snap a Selfie, Save a Life

    Posted on October 19, 2015 by Admin

    #CintronSelfie to Donate R10 Per Selfie to PinkDrive

    South Africa, 15th October, 2015 -  International luxury lifestyle beverage brand Cintron has launched its annual global campaign, Selfies for Survivors™ in South Africa, in support of the PinkDrive initiative during Breast Cancer Awareness month.

    PinkDrive, is a non-profit organization that provides mobile testing facilities and education on breast cancer awareness.

    The Cintron Selfies for Survivors™ campaign is a prelude to the Cintron Pink Polo event in support of breast cancer awareness treatment, at Val de Vie, which will be held this year on the 7th of November.

    “As a lifestyle brand which encourages people to look good, feel great and live a healthy productive lifestyle, we are hoping that the Cintron Selfies for Survivors™ campaign will encourage women to take good care of themselves and get tested regularly for breast cancer,” says Chelsea Brehm, Director of Business Development & Marketing for Cintron World, Inc.

    “Each selfie uploaded to social networks via Twitter, Facebook & Instagram using #CintronSelfie will be worth more than just a pretty picture,” explains Brehm. “A donation of R10 per selfie uploaded to social networks will go towards PinkDrive’s mobile testing services.”

    Cintron’s Chelsea Brehm says, “It’s an incredibly easy mechanic and a simple yet powerful way to get people involved in support for women fighting breast cancer and we are calling on all South Africans to get involved. It’s easy just include a dash of pink (this can be anything from lipstick, a tie or a t-shirt), snap a selfie, upload via Twitter, Facebook or Instagram using #CintronSelfie and the PinkDrive will gets the much needed funding to keep their wheels turning.”

    Cintron’s Brehm also comments: “Our premium energy drinks are made with natural ingredients and real fruit juice and we wanted our fans and consumers to feel connected with the brand lifestyle, while at the same time being part of a larger more caring community.”

    “In a selfie-centred culture we thought this platform would resonate with people to be part of a greater cause. What’s not to love about glitz and glamour with a social conscience?” adds Brehm.

    She says that the work that the PinkDrive does is of vital importance, specifically in communities where clinics and testing facilities are non-existent. “Cintron is committed to working with women’s health charities in its various international markets including South Africa.”

    According to Noelene Kotschan, Founder and Director of PinkDrive, the incidence of breast cancer among South African women is increasing at an alarming rate. “In women it is the leading cause of cancer constituting more than 50% of all cancer diagnosis with 1 in 29 South African women being diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime,” she says. “Early detection is key and about 90% of patients survive many years after diagnosis, when breast cancer is detected in the early stages.”

    She adds: “We are heavily reliant on corporates to literally keep our wheels moving since we receive no government funding. The money raised from the #CintronSelfie will go towards keeping our three mobile mammography, one educational truck and five educational vehicles on the road, directly impacting communities around our country.”

    Kotschan says, “Since its launch six years ago PinkDrive has provided more than 8,500 free mammograms, conducted more than 123,000 clinical breast examinations and educated more than 176,000 people on breast health.”

    UPLOAD YOUR SELFIE:

    Upload your selfie with a dash of pink to Twitter, Instagram or Facebook using #CintronSelfie and Cintron will donate R10 to PinkDrive for every selfie uploaded (Terms and conditions can be found on the Cintron World Facebook page).

    For more information visit: www.cintronworld.com or www.pinkdrive.co.za

    Join the conversation on Twitter: @cintronworld or on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CintronWorld

    About Cintron

    Headquartered in New York, Cintron World is an international luxury lifestyle beverage brand that encourages people to look good, feel great and live a healthy productive lifestyle. The brand is available globally from the US, to Chile, UK, Poland, Nigeria and South Africa.

    The Cintron World brands of premium energy drinks are made with natural mineral water, natural sweeteners and real fruit juice and represent an up-scale lifestyle, which values creativity, innovation and being disruptive. It is for this reason that the company strives to build communities around these brand attributes.

    Cintron World initiatives include: The Cintron Polo Club (a leading international community of like-minded people that enjoy the lifestyle of Cintron), The Cintron Selfies for Survivors™ campaign, (A global network that raises awareness for breast cancer testing, treatment and research) and The Cintron Pink Polo in South Africa (Social event of the year, held annually at Val de Vie to raise money for PinkDrive).

    5 TIPS TO SNAPPING THE PERFECT SELFIE:

    Check yourself out: give yourself a once-over, make sure you have no smeared eyeliner or flyaway hair.

    Lighten-up: no matter what picture you take, good lighting is key, make sure the lighting isn’t too harsh or dark.

    Check the background: make sure you aren’t in front of an unmade bed or in the bathroom and ensure the background is clear (solid coloured walls, textured curtains or any place without clutter will do).

    Edit: there is nothing wrong with editing your selfie, use a filter for a cool vintage feel. Try a whole lot to capture the best you!

    Choose your best side: consider the angle, tilt your head at an angle this simple trick will highlight your cheekbones and make your eyes look bigger. Switch it up and don’t be scared to try something different.


  • The Market at Val de Vie Estate is back!

    Posted on October 15, 2015 by Simone de Wet

    A fun day of food, wine, live music and entertainment for the kids

    The Market at Val de Vie Estate is back from its winter hiatus. Held on the Polo Pavilion’s terraces, visitors can sample some of the region’s finest local produce, including food and wine sold from Food Trucks by vendors from across the Winelands. In true Val de Vie style, patrons can catch an exciting game of polo while enjoying a crisp glass of SB and live music from singer-songwriter, Gerald Clark.

    Bring the kids along for a fun family day out, as they’re treated to a jumping castle, sand art, face-painting and pedal cars.

    Diarise these market dates for 2015 and 2016:
    25 October 2015
    7 February 2016
    13 March 2016
    10 April 2016


  • 5 easy-living Winelands getaway homes...

    Posted on October 12, 2015 by Admin

    With some of the most beautiful vistas in South Africa, the Cape Winelands is set amongst scenic mountains and valleys. Property24 's Lindokuhle Mavimbela takes a look at 5 of the best easy-living getaway homes in the Cape Winelands:


    While not too far away from the buzz of Cape Town, the Winelands still offers the best in country living. It is home to a number of excellent wine estates and offers a variety of exciting activities one can enjoy during a holiday or weekend break.

    If you’re looking for a no-fuss second home, check out these five getaway spots for sale in the Winelands...

    1. Secure modern living in Paarl’s Val De Vie Estate

    Nestled in the luxurious Val De Vie Estate in Paarl, this property offers the best in modern living. Own a piece of paradise for R2.85 million - click here to view.

    Nestled in the luxurious Val De Vie Estate in Paarl, this property offers the best in modern living.

    It has two bedrooms, an open-plan kitchen and living room that have been elegantly designed to showcase all the latest décor trends. The home also features wooden floors, heated towel rails, underfloor heating and air conditioning to make your stay easy and comfortable.

    For entertaining, there is an outdoor area that is perfect for relaxing and enjoying a glass of good wine in a beautiful natural setting. And, if you enjoy spending quality time with friends and family, there is a picnic spot located a few kilometres away.

    Own a piece of paradise for R2.85 million.

    Click here to view more.

    2. Picturesque Silwerstrand Golf and River Estate

    Nestled on the banks of the Breede River, this property in the Silwerstrand Golf and River Estate in Robertson is selling for R1.55 million - click here to view.

    Nestled on the banks of the Breede River, the Silwerstrand Golf and River Estate in Robertson offers a secure and peaceful environment where you can be close to nature in the comfort of your own home.

    Whether you are a golfer, an angler, water sport enthusiast or birdwatcher, you will find something 'especially for you' in this picturesque estate that is home to the 18-hole Silwerstrand golf course.

    Be the owner of this exquisite home with three bedrooms and open-plan living spaces that flow into a deck where you can spend hours admiring the astonishing views of the mountains and peaceful surroundings.

    This property is selling for R1.55 million.

    Click here to view more.

    3. Wellington’s country charm

    Comprising four well-designed bedrooms, a fitted study area, lounge with fireplace and a bar, this double storey home is selling for R2.39 million in Wellington - click here to view.

    Comprising four well-designed bedrooms, a fitted study area, lounge with fireplace and a bar, this double storey home has been designed to offer absolute privacy and comfort.

    The interior finishes and fittings have been carefully selected, creating a mix of modern and country charm to the rooms. Also, there is an undercover entertainment area that has a built-in braai and overlooks a manicured garden and pool.

    Situated close to a number of good schools and other amenities, this home is perfect for an discerning buyer looking for a place to relax and unwind during the holidays, or even as a permanent residence in the Winelands.

    This charming home is selling for R2.39 million in Wellington.

    Click here to view more.

    4. Family-friendly lifestyle home in Stellenbosch

    This newly built home in CapolavoroMountain Estate, Stellenbosch, is up for grabs for R2.525 million - click here to view.

    This newly built home in Capolavoro Mountain Estate, Stellenbosch, is ideal for a buyer looking for a secure home to escape to during the holiday season.

    With simple yet attractive interiors, it has three bedrooms and an open-plan kitchen and lounge area with stack-away doors that maximise your exposure to the outdoors.

    If you enjoy spending time outdoors, there are two patios where you can unwind after a long day while the children play safely outside.

    And if you decide to reside in this area for a while and you have school-going children, this property is situated close to the Bridge House Private School, which accommodates kids from playschool to Grade 12.

    This property is up for grabs for R2.525 million.

    Click here to view more.

    5. Luxury penthouse in LÉrmitage Hotel, Franschhoek

    This penthouse is on the market for R2.5 million and is being sold fully furnished. Click here to view.

    Offering modern amenities, breathtaking views and stylish décor throughout, this one bedroom penthouse is situated in the lavish LÉrmitage Hotel and Villa development in Franschhoek.

    This apartment has a chic bedroom suite and a well appointed bathroom that complement each other seamlessly. To make it look more spacious and elegant, there is an open-plan kitchen and dining area that leads onto a beautiful patio where you can relax and enjoy striking mountain views.

    Surrounded by vineyards, this is an ideal spot for a traveller who’s passionate about good wine and all the ‘fine’ things life has to offer.

    This penthouse is on the market for R2.5 million and is being sold fully furnished.

    Click here to view more.


  • Be bright and bold

    Posted on October 12, 2015 by Simone de Wet

    Be bright and bold this season with lively splashes of colour. It's a brave, vibrant look that combines intense shades in a playful and eye-catching way.


  • Happy wedding anniversary to Rebecca and Hermann

    Posted on October 10, 2015 by Admin

    Rebecca and Hermann hosted their beautiful intimate wedding reception on 10 October 2014 at Val de Vie. This special day was held for South African guests who could not attend their romantic wedding in Italy. The bride, who is in the events industry herself, put together all the décor elements and it was truly a feast for the eyes! The groom himself played in their wedding polo match,  which was a first for Val de Vie. We wish this wonderful a very happy Wedding Anniversary!


  • Crossley & Webb support Cintron Pink Polo

    Posted on October 8, 2015 by Admin

    Crossley & Webb Cape Town, the Specialist Motoring Destination

    Crossley & Webb are proud to be part of an event such as Cintron Pink Polo that supports the fight against breast cancer.

    Crossley & Webb originated from Gareth Crossley & Bryan Webb’s joint experience and passion for specialist motoring and desire to have a destination venue for fellow enthusiasts

    Our knowledge in the Classic, Sports car and Supercar market unlocks opportunities for our clients who are enthusiasts that combine a passion for motoring with an adventurous lifestyle

    In addition to Specialist vehicle sales, additional business units have been formed to enhance the ownership experience. These are Luxury vehicle storage and management, Specialist vehicle servicing, Restoration and Master detailing.

    Crossley & Webb is a Cape Town motoring brand that is not affiliated to a specific manufacturer. We thrive on this independence and will be showcasing a variety of vehicles with unique personalities and style.



  • Going Solar…

    Posted on October 8, 2015 by Admin

    It is undeniable that the current electricity supply and the extent of load shedding have a disruptive impact on the economy and the daily lives of the public in South Africa.

    The country’s frustration with the load shedding issue has resulted in an increase in the renewable energy sector as more and more people, on a commercial level as well as in domestic households, are looking for solutions to cope with power outages. Alternative and renewable household electricity solutions, especially solar systems, are slowly strengthening their presence in the energy market and becoming more popular as installation becomes increasingly lucrative. Although the initial investment is fairly costly, it is generally believed to be worthwhile depending on the choice of system.

    Leakfind Solar is a company that specialises in Photovoltaic (PV) Systems, Battery Backup Systems and Solar Geysers and is a member of the Sustainable Energy Society of Southern Africa (SESSA).

    There are three types of solar systems available in SA, which vary in degrees of reliance on Eskom and have different payback periods:

    1. The grid-tie system is connected to the Eskom grid and is solely supplementary.

    2. The more expensive off-grid system is completely independent of the grid, meaning that all your appliances rely on solar energy, and is reported to have a payback period of about eight years.

    3. The more recommended hybrid system is a combination of grid-tie and off-grid, which relieves the reliance on the grid and has a relatively reduced payback period.

    The solar panels of any solar system have a lifespan of over 25 years, while the battery bank, which is the most expensive component part of the system, needs to be replaced every few years. Leakfind Solar Battery Backup systems will make fumbling around for candles in the dark a thing of the past.

    Leakfind Solar can provide an alternative energy supplement that can power your specific needs. Your system can be built around your own requirements and expanded accordingly. Driven by advances in technology and increases in manufacturing scale and sophistication, the cost of photovoltaic technology has declined steadily since the first solar cells were manufactured. Leakfind Solar’s German-engineered solar panels and batteries outlast any of its competitors in terms of value, quality, and guarantee.

    CONTACT:

    Boland / West Coast representative Jurie Prins

    +27 (0)21 551 4894

    jurie@leakfindsolar.co.za

    www.leakfindsolar.co.za


  • Three top wedding trends for the new season

    Posted on October 7, 2015 by Simone de Wet

    Today Grand Room Design chats about their three top trends for the upcoming wedding season. We love their stunning moodboard, which beautifully brings the ideas to life.

    The wedding bells are ringing and the champagne has started flowing. Wedding season is here, and we have everything you need to make your big day a success.

    With a new season comes a new flood of creative and sometimes slightly absurd trends. A lot of masterful organisation goes into planning a well-crafted event. At Grand Room design we celebrate style and our team is constantly dreaming and cultivating new ideas and exploring fresh trends. Here are our top 3 trends for keeping with the times but staying timelessly elegant:

    • - Hanging Florals
    • - Rose-Gold and Gold Details
    • - Greenery and Foilage

    The Grand Room Design team invites you into our world, where style is celebrated and always executed to perfection.


  • SA's most exclusive estates for super-rich revealed...

    Posted on October 7, 2015 by janette

    Fin24 previously reported on New World Wealth's rating of the top 10 residential estates in SA. This time they rate the most exclusive estates in the country, based on their appeal purely to the super-rich.

    FIRST PLACE

    The Zimbali estate in KwaZulu-Natal has been rated South Africa's most exclusive estate for 2015 by Hurst & Wills and New World Wealth, a global wealth intelligence and market research company.

    This 700 hectare estate is located next to Balito, 45kms north of Durban. Along with Umhlanga and La Lucia, it has become the premier luxury area on the east coast of South Africa, according to the report. Zimbali features a world class golf course, hotel and spa. It also has access to the beach.

    “The top things that wealthy people look for when buying an estate property are space, exclusivity, security, view, nature and scenery. Locality and lifestyle offerings are also critical,” explained SA estate property specialist Basil Weinrich.

    SECOND PLACE

    In second place is The Gentleman’s Estate at Val die Vie, currently being constructed outside Paarl in the Cape Winelands.

    It will offer individual residents their own private stables, garden and vineyard. Properties range from 3 to 6 hectares each, with residents also having access the rest of what Val die Vie has to offer, including the polo fields, trails and equestrian facilities.

    THIRD PLACE

    The Pezula Private Estate, situated next to the Pezula Golf Estate outside Knysna in the Southern Cape, is in third place.

    According to the report it is one of the lowest density estates in South Africa, featuring 255 plots on 176 hectares. It is a relatively new estate and much of it is still undeveloped.

    FOURTH PLACE

    The Fancourt estate near George on the Garden Route is in fourth place. There are several distinctive residential areas on the estate including Links Ridge, Links Avenue, Cape Dutch Village, Oakland’s Village and Montagu Ridge.

    According to the report, Fancourt is South Africa’s premier golfing destination for the super-rich, with three highly rated courses on one estate.

    FIFTH PLACE

    In firth place is the Pearl Valley estate, which is also located outside Paarl, next to Val die Vie.

    Highlights of the estate include a highly rated golf course, natural fynbos scenery, mountain backdrops, several lakes and over 120 species of birds, including the iconic African Fish Eagle and Malachite Kingfisher.

    TOP OF THE WORLD

    New World Wealth's most exclusive estate in the world for 2015 is The Yellowstone Club. The houses on the private residential estate in Sky, Montana in the US start from a base price of $16m, making it only for the super-rich.

    The estate, set on 13 600 acres, features a world class golf course, ski slopes and hiking trails. It offers access into the wilderness areas that surround it has two large rivers flowing through the property.

    Activities available on the estate include fly fishing, golf, horse riding and rafting during the summer and snowmobiling and skiing for the winter.


  • An Equestrian Estate Elite

    Posted on October 6, 2015 by janette

    Thank you Real Estate Magazine for the feature | REAL ESTATE MAGAZINE

    Emerald paddocks, immaculately kept horses and luxury accommodation for humans too… equestrian estates appeal to more than just the horseys.

    Horses make a landscape look beautiful. So said American author Alice Walker and, indeed, equestrian estates – or estates with upmarket equestrian facilities – contain some of the most sought-after residential real estate in South Africa. They also happen to be home to a large percentage of the country’s wealthiest people. According to latest census information, the Blair Atholl estate to the northwest of Johannesburg, which has a top equestrian centre as well as a Gary Player-designed golf course, is the country’s richest neighbourhood, with at least one in four homeowners ranking as a multimillionaire. This is not so surprising, really, since acquiring and keeping horses is an expensive business, especially if they happen to be thoroughbreds, polo ponies or aristocratic Arabians that require the very best care that money can buy. What’s more, equestrian estates tend to have other things in common – like unusually large stands and exceptional security provisions – that are particularly favoured by well-heeled homebuyers. Here’s our round-up of some of the best of these exclusive equine enclaves in South Africa.

    Blair Atholl Estate

    Essentially a residential estate, Blair Atholl stretches across 600 hectares of land near Lanseria airport, half of which once belonged to internationally renowned golfer Gary Player. It also has a long association with thoroughbred horses, most famously the champion stallion Peralta. So it is no surprise, really, that it boasts a top-class equestrian facility as well as a magnificent golf course. Indeed, horses grazing peacefully in beautiful grass paddocks surrounded by white post-and-rail fences are a signature feature of the estate. Blair Atholl’s equestrian centre is set among these enclosures and consists of about 50 stables that pivot a quadrangle, tack rooms, hot and cold-water washing bays and three arenas, including a newly-laid silica jumping arena, as well as a canter track around the outside of these. The privately-owned facility is managed by horse pro Brendan McNiven, who lives on site and has a staff of six full-time grooms and a teaching assistant to deal with children as young as four who come to learn to ride on the centre’s six stable ponies. Older and more competitive riders are taught by Brendan, who also encourages participation in outside jumping and dressage shows. The facility owns an eightbay truck to transport horses to these events. And for those who just want to enjoy a peaceful outride, there are some 20 kilometres of bridle paths inside the fully-secured estate.

    As for the cost of the full stable and livery service at Blair Atholl, it is ‘competitive with any of the similar facilities located nearby’. These include Chartwell and Kyalami, where prices start at around R3 500 to R4 000 a month. Meanwhile, for those who would like to have their own luxury accommodation in Blair Atholl, developer Wraypex is currently selling homeand- stand packages off plan for just under R5 million. The current advertised prices for single stands (averaging 3 700 square metres) start at around R2 million. Homes start at R8,5 million and go all the way up to R29 million, with one exceptional property currently being advertised at R60 million.

    Blue Hills Country & Equestrian Estate

    Set in Beaulieu, arguably the heart of all things equine in Gauteng (where even the roads are named after breeds of horse), this estate offers buyers the opportunity to acquire stands of between 5 000 and 15 000 square metres – the largest being quite big enough to accommodate stables of their own if owners so desire. Aimed at those who enjoy ‘country life’ but also want suburban convenience and excellent security for themselves and their valuable animals, this estate encompasses greenbelts alive with abundant birdlife as well as a shopping centre, several business parks and a new Redford.

    House private school opening next year. It is, of course, also close to Beaulieu College (which has an established and successful equestrian team and offers equine studies as a subject up to matric) and its Equestrian Academy, which offers adult courses in stable and stock management and riding instruction. The estate itself has grazing paddocks, lunging rings and eventing and dressage arenas and is being developed by Century Property Developments, following the success of its awardwinning Waterfall Country Estate, where property prices have doubled in the past three years. Property prices in Blue Hills currently start at around R2,3 million.

    Mooikloof Equestrian Estate

    One of a group of estates in an upmarket area to the southeast of Pretoria, this upmarket residential development offers horse owners the choice of stabling their animals at the privately owned equestrian centre on site, or building their own stables, since the 548 stands here are all at least one hectare in size. As well as stabling, the equestrian centre incorporates a riding school, tack rooms, feed stores and several arenas, and there are about 20 kilometres of bridle paths and horse trails in the estate, which is secured by electric fencing and biometric access equipment. Animals stabled at the centre are cared for by a stable manager and a team of grooms who live on site, and training is available for everyone from beginners to advanced-level riders.

    Established in 1996, Mooikloof also offers tennis courts, bowling greens, a chapel, a clubhouse and a spacious recreational area around a dam. However it is probably best known for its very large and luxurious homes, many of which afford residents panoramic views over Pretoria’s eastern suburbs. Current advertised prices for stands start at R2,2 million, while homes sell for anything from R4,5 million to R27 million. The private Curro School at Woodhill is a short drive away, as are the Parkview and Woodhill shopping centres.

    Val de Vie Estate

    The new residential development launched in this estate on 9 August says it all, really. Named The Polo Village, it offers buyers the opportunity to acquire a Stefan Antoni-designed apartment – or ‘Polo Pad’ – right next to the Polo Pavilion and overlooking the green expanse of the estate’s two international-standard polo grounds, at prices from R1,5 million. Situated in the heart of the Cape WinelandsVal de Vie is renowned for its award-winning wines, as well as state-of-the-art security and gracious homes, but it is also increasingly famous as one of the top polo venues in the world, and its equestrian facilities reflect this. These include a stable block with 64 loose boxes, fully equipped tack rooms, lunging rings, an exercise track and a practice field as well as change rooms, all professionally managed with the assistance of highly trained grooms.

    The monthly full stabling cost here is around R5 900 and current occupants of the stables include polo ponies belonging to both local and overseas riders, as well as horses belonging to residents of the estate – who can take lessons in various disciplines from two onsite instructors, or simply enjoy outrides along the banks of the Berg River and through the estate vineyards. A 60-square-metre, all-weather arena is currently also under construction so that the estate will be able to hold dressage and showjumping events in the near future.

    Waterfall Equestrian Estate

    An award-winning development, Waterfall Equestrian Estate was the first of the Waterfall series of residential estates to be developed in Midrand by Century Property Developments. It includes facilities for equestrian shows as well as stables, tack rooms, jumping and dressage arenas, a lunging ring, a training track and paddocks, as well as a scenic bridle path on the banks of the Jukskei River. The minimum size of the stands in this estate is 8 500 square metres and several very large and very luxurious homes have already been built here. Those currently advertised for sale are priced at R18 million. The estate also offers easy access to main roads and highways, and it is close to several top schools and shopping centres, such as Waterfall Corner and Sunninghill Village. The equestrian centre is, however, currently only occupied by the Jaroma Stud, which has 16 animals in the stables.

    Stoneford Equestrian Estate

    Situated in Alverstone just outside Hillcrest in KwaZulu-Natal, Stoneford is the serious horseman’s equestrian estate – with world-class stabling and exercise facilities at its heart, as well as 24 hectares of paddocks and extensive bridle paths for the use of just 57 homes (once all the stands are sold). Just down the road from Kearsney College, the estate is on a sloping site adjacent to the Phezulu Game Estate and overlooks the Valley of a Thousand Hills, so even those who don’t ride will be able to enjoy some spectacular views.

    The minimum home size in the estate has been set at 350 square metres plus garaging but the large stands (a minimum of 3 600 square metres), plus the fact that a large percentage of the land has been given over to conservation, will ensure residents’ privacy. The Equestrian Centre, which is being built in stages, will ultimately have 60 stables, two lunging rings, two outdoor arenas and one indoor arena, locker rooms and a coffee shop, as well as accommodation for a team of six grooms. Most of the stands in the first phase of the 85-hectare estate have been sold and there are already a few resale homes available, as well as stands in the second phase of the development. Prices for stands currently advertised for sale start at R1,35 million.


  • Wedding tip wisdom: Tip #5

    Posted on October 6, 2015 by Soritha van Dyk

    5. Pin, pin, pin

    Copy, paste and create mood boards of your perfect day before starting your wedding process with your service professionals. This is the best method to ensure that your dream picture will become a reality. After all, a wedding is all about detail.


  • Let's celebrate Rachelle Barioli's cancer victory!

    Posted on October 2, 2015 by Admin

    We are so happy to hear that Rachelle Barioli, winner the 2014 KFM Cintron Pink Polo competition, has received the news that she is cancer-free! We would like to congratulate her and celebrate her victory with this blog post.

    Listen to the original interview with her on KFM.


  • Advice for Potential Buyers

    Posted on October 1, 2015 by janette

    Buying a home is often the biggest investment that most people will make in their lifetime. When considering buying in any residential estate, buyers should be well informed on the development and consider factors such as:

    1    Safety and Security

    Conduct your own research and contact the local SAPS and enquire about the estate’s incident history, study the HOA’s Security strategy, spend and quality checks.

    2    The Home Owners Association

    Enquire about HOA cash reserves, any history of special levies, any long term plans, who the trustees are and what their contribution is to the social needs of the area.

    3    The Developer

    It is advised to do a background check on the developer’s track record. Find out if there are any outstanding bank debts and if all the promised improvements have been done and transferred to the HOA.

    4    Property Sales

    Capital growth / sales price inflation history is crucial as well as the rental history of the estate (any vacant stands, number of vacant stands in the market, how many houses available to rent etc.).

    5    HOA Rules and Regulations

    This as well as the estate’s constitution is important as it affects your everyday living on the estate.

    6    General Information

    Enquire about general facilities and amenities available to residents on the estate, if possible make coffee appointments with residents to hear their first hand experience and gather as much information as possible to make an informed decision.

    7    Location and Public Services

    The location of the estate as well as the public services that are available in close vicinity to the estate such as schools, hospitals (health care), amenities and public transport.

    Questions?

    We're always willing to help and answer any questions, 7 days a week.

    Contact property@valdevie.co.za | 021 863 6105


  • Skin Deep

    Posted on October 1, 2015 by Admin

    This week Kari, our favourite Registered Dietitian, gives brides-to-be advice on how to keep their skin looking radiant.

    With summer almost here, most people rely on the sun (or the tan can) to give them a sun-kissed glow. The reality is, however, that the sun/tan-can does more damage than good and that there are far better ways to get glowing skin, naturally!

    The skin is your body’s largest organ – and also one of the only organs visible to those around you! Great skin and a good complexion are not only about genetics, how often you go for a facial or how expensive your skin care products are – research has shown that the skin’s complexion is affected by the foods we eat. Hormones and inflammation are modulated by our food choices, so by making great food choices, we can help our skin renew itself, and ultimately look healthier. The skin is also an important detoxification route for the body – often, poor skin is linked to an overloaded detoxification system in the body.

    Lets look at some really practical ways to up nutrients for your skin, and ultimately get your glow back.

    Olive oil (around 2 teaspoons per day) has been linked to fewer signs of aging, and appears to be superior to most other oils in having this effect. Rich in healthy fats and anti-oxidants, keep olive oil for salads and low-temperature cooking!

    Salmon and sardines are rich in DHA, an important essential fatty acid, which helps reduce inflammation (and redness) of the skin, and improves skin hydration!

    Try and eat fish 2 -3 times per week! Another great way to up the essential fatty acids is by including walnuts on a regular basis.

    Leafy greens are a great source of vitamin A and C; which are incredible for skin health. Why not start adding some kale or spinach to your breakfast eggs and salads?

    Green tea is another great way to improve blood flow and oxygen to the skin, and is also rich in anti-oxidants. Swop one hot drink a day for a cup of green tea instead! Of course, don’t forget about drinking lots of water – and be careful of too many cups of coffee, which dehydrates the skin!

    Vitamin C is important for collagen production (the natural kind), so instead of always opting for apples and bananas, try and include more kiwis, oranges, pineapple, strawberries and raspberries in your diet… Alternatively, adding chilli to your meals is a great way to up Vitamin C intake (although this is probably not for everyone)!

    One last note – exercise boosts your skin’s health, improving circulation, and ultimately assisting the body in getting rid of toxins. Why not get up with the sun and go for a morning walk? A little goes a long way!

    Here’s to healthy, happy skin!


  • Bring the bling to your office

    Posted on September 30, 2015 by Soritha van Dyk

    Warmer metallics such as copper and rose gold have been big fashion news for the past few years, but this trend is still going strong. These chic metallic shades add a touch of class and shine, and also help to brighten up a space. For glowing warmth with a modern edge, you can't go wrong with this look in your office or at your corporate event,

    If you are planning a corporate event, choose Val de Vie for impeccable service and expertise. Contact Events@valdevie.co.za or visit our Corporate Events page.


  • DIY? Oh yes you can!

    Posted on September 30, 2015 by Maryke

    If you enjoy being creative and adding an  individual touch, then your wedding is the ideal time to flex your DIY skills. Here are three easy ideas that we love:

    - Paint a jar or vase with glue then dip it into glitter for a pretty sparkly finish.
    - Collect sea shells to make unusual bouquets (great for a beach wedding)
    - Use bows or fabric off-cuts to adorn place settings


  • GRAPEVINE feature article: Paarl, our hidden gem..

    Posted on September 29, 2015 by janette

    A beautiful article by Retha Venter

    Even though Paarl is the country’s third oldest town (after Cape Town and Stellenbosch) and just as picturesque, it is often overlooked, where it lies next to the N1 roughly 80km north of Cape Town. As with most treasures, it is greatly appreciated when stumbled upon and is passionately loved by those fortunate enough to live or spend time here.

    Even though Paarl is the country’s third oldest town (after Cape Town and Stellenbosch) and just as picturesque, it is often overlooked, where it lies next to the N1 roughly 80km north of Cape Town.  As with most treasures, it is greatly appreciated when stumbled upon and is passionately loved by those fortunate enough to live or spend time here.

    Paarl boasts beautiful examples of Cape Dutch architecture, cozy coffee shops and restaurants, as well as delightful wine farms and dramatic surrounding mountain landscapes, but also some unique added offerings.

    One and Only monument to a language

    Think of Paarl and one thing stands out.  Literally it is visible from the N1 highway, so that even those who have never visited the town, know about the dramatic, soaring monument that rises up from the Southern slopes of Paarl Mountain.  This is not a monument to fallen heroes or commemoration of a war.  This is the only monument in the world, dedicated to the struggle for recognition and independence of a language, namely the Afrikaans language and is appropriately located in Paarl, the birthplace of the language.  Afrikaans is derived mainly from Dutch, although other European, as well as indigenous languages influenced it greatly.  The monument is designed in a way, which reflects its diverse origins.  The monument, set in a well-maintained garden was completed in 1975 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Afrikaans as an official language of the Republic of South Africa and opened by the then Prime Minister, John Vorster.  It is well worth a visit for the beautiful vistas and drama of the monument itself.  The garden around the monument is the perfect setting for full moon picnics and open-air music performances in summer months.  A guided tour of the monument can be followed by a tour of the Afrikaans Language Museum in town, behind the Toringkerk, where the evolution of the language is explained in an interesting, interactive way.

    Diamonds and pearls

    The origin of the town’s unusual name is an interesting story drenched in the romantic history of expeditions into the unknown of the country’s hinterland in search of treasure and trade possibilities, although no real gems were ever discovered here.  On one such expedition in 1657, explorer Abraham Gabbema saw how the giant granite outcrops glistened in the sun after a thunderstorm and he promptly named it: ‘de Diamondt en de Peerlberg’ (old Dutch for Diamond and Pearl Mountain).  The Diamond was dropped and the Peerl became Paarl, but in Afrikaans it is pronounced ‘Pêrel’ and a definite article is added, so in spoken language it is ‘die Pêrel’.  Indigenous people called it the Tortoise Mountain and there are actually three outcrops that make up Paarl Mountain, namely:  Gordon Rock, Bretagne Rock and Paarl Rock.  These plutons or granite outcrops are amongst the largest in the world, so it’s no wonder they remain a popular rock climbing and abseiling destination.

    A river runs through it

    Paarl has the longest main road of any town in the country, measuring around 13km.  The lay out of the town and development of this road was greatly influenced by two geographical factors, namely the Berg River and the Paarl Mountain range, which run parallel to each other.  The consequence was of course that there is no traditional town centre that can easily be explored on foot.  The Main Street is one of the best preserved historic streets in the country, but one where visitors will need to move from A to Z and back again to discover all the fine historical buildings, both modest and monumental, representing styles of the last 250 years.  The newer suburbs are interspersed with greenery, big oaks, agricultural land and beautiful historical farmsteads, such as Laborie and Grande Roche in the heart of town, which gives it a charming rural atmosphere.  For the enthusiast eager to see more examples of Cape Dutch architecture, there are many farmsteads in the immediate vicinity with well preserved buildings of historical significance, such as Vendôme, Nederburg, Rhebokskloof and the popular Spice Route.

    Architectural gems

    Hans Fransen, an expert on South African architectural history, described the typical Paarl style in his book, Old Towns and Villages of the Cape, as: “iron roof veranda’d loft window houses, many of them late 19th century conversions of earlier Dutch homes”.  These adaptations were necessary to survive the scorching summer months Paarl is known for.  Pontac Manor house, set in its tranquil garden in the middle of Paarl, is a good example of this architectural layering.  There are many well-preserved examples of architecture from most eras along the Main Road and there are walking tours on offer for those interested with a booklet called A Walking Tour of the Historic Heart of Paarl. A few highlights include the unmistakable Strooidakkerk, arguably the town’s most famous building.  This is the oldest thatched roof church still in use in the country and it is a good example of the early vernacular Cape Dutch style with its cross design and triumphant convex, concave white-limed gables.  Zeederberg Square, further down the road, has a well-preserved row of town houses with Victorian cast ironwork and wooden verandahs.  No. 1, Zeederberg Square dates from 1848 and is a good example of a Cape Georgian style townhouse with its clean, straight lines and symmetry.  Even Art Deco-lovers will be pleased to find perfect examples along the very same road like the old Protea Bioscope and some motor dealership buildings.

    Trees to treasure

    The town’s Arboretum (botanical garden specializing in trees) situated on the eastern bank of the Berg River, is a leafy gem that can easily be missed even though it is 2.8km long and occupies a full 31 hectares of land.  Some 2600 trees and shrubs representing 650 different species can be seen here and they are grouped according to the continents from which they originated.  So you will be able to cycle or stroll past magnificent trees from North America, Australasia, Asia, Europe, Africa and South America on a glorious autumn afternoon.

    The Great outdoors

    Those who have explored Paarl will tell you that one of its best-kept secrets are the many options for outdoor enthusiasts.  There is a dedicated trail running series consisting of twelve events taking place on different wine farms in and around Paarl with a mountain bike series for those who prefer to ride, aptly named Run the Vines and Ride the Vines.  There are quad bike trails, romantic horse trails, hiking and even hot air ballooning.  The Berg River also offers great opportunity for kayaking.

    KWV

    Lastly, but importantly, synonymous with Paarl for most South Africans, is the KWV (Koöperatieve Wijnbouwers Vereniging), one of the best-known wine and spirits producers in the country.  Established in 1918 as a wine making co-operative, it played an important role in supporting and promoting the then struggling wine industry under the guidance of amongst others, Professor Abraham Perold, the father of Pinotage (a proudly South African cultivar) and Dr. Charles Niehaus. The KWV’s sprawling twenty-two hectares cellar complex, with the five biggest wooden vats under one roof and the impressive Cathedral Cellar with its stained glass windows, is the largest of its kind in the world.

    So there you have it, an open invitation.  Next time when traveling along the N1, take the turn off and spend some time in Paarl.  It might turn out to be the crowning jewel of your Western Cape experience.


  • Looks we love

    Posted on September 28, 2015 by Admin

    Christian Dior once said that "bright reds - scarlet, pillar-box red, crimson or cherry - are very cheerful and youthful. There is certainly a red for everyone." We couldn't agree more and love to add a splash of this passionate colour to our outfits. Red offers instant chic and instant impact.

    Prefer a more subtle look? Black and white will never go out of style. Minimalist, sophisticated and easy to pull off, it's a look we will always love.


  • Mzansi Life features Val de Vie's Cintron Pink Polo 2015

    Posted on September 28, 2015 by janette

    We love seeing posts like this about Cintron Pink Polo!  Thanks Mzansi Life for getting excited with us!

    Val de Vie Estate will be hosting the 2015 Cintron Pink Polo on 07 November in the Paarl-Franschhoek Valley, Cape Town. The proceeds generated from this event will be donated to Reach for Recovery to support breast cancer patients.

    In true Val de Vie style, Cintron Pink Polo will present guests with a thrilling match of world-class polo, as well as other entertainment, such as a fashion show and a luxury car display.

    The event is made possible with the support of: returning title partner, Cintron – the world’s premium energy drink – and official banking partner and opposing team owner, Julius Baer– a global Swiss private bankthat will not only be celebrating the occasion but also its 125th anniversary.

    The event thus offers an opportunity for families and friends to unite against an illness that has affected millions of lives, not only in South Africa, but across the globe.

    by Mzansi Life


    and was tagged with Cintron Pink Polo, South Africa, Cape Town, Franschhoek, Paarl, Polo

  • Find your inner-foodie at the Val de Vie Market

    Posted on September 24, 2015 by Elsje Human

    In recent years the fashion for markets, street food and food trucks has shown no sign of slowing down. We love this trend, which has introduced so many fun foodie ideas and genres to the world. Serve salad in a jar, pop a pie into a box or brew your own ginger beer.

    The Market at Val de Vie is the perfect opportunity to explore a number of food stands. Enjoy a variety of delicious homemade fare, ranging from oysters, pies and gourmet delicacies to decadent sweet treats. There's no shortage of refreshment either, with seven drink stations selling wines, bubbly, local beers and fresh juices.

    Visit our Market page to find out more about the event.


  • Val de Vie Events inspires with a three day internship

    Posted on September 23, 2015 by Admin

    Daniel Labuschagne, a Grade 11 Student, joined the Val de Vie Events Team to shadow Simone de Wet, the MD of Val de Vie Events, for a three day internship. This formed part of his Life Orientation school subject, which involves students gaining insight on careers that they are interested in.

    The  purpose of this exercise is for the students to job shadow, gain practical experience, observe and to learn from people as they perform their daily jobs.

    Daniel is a pleasant young man who has a natural love for all things marketing-related. He is particularly interested in the ever-growing realm of social media.

    His highlight was meeting the Marketing Director of Val de Vie, Ryk Neethling, and spending 30 minutes being encouraged and couched by this legend of a mentor.

    What stood out for Daniel of what Ryk shared with him was the following: "It is vital to surround yourself with positive people who are like minded and are not afraid to dream big and see the impossible become possible. Being positive allows creative thinking to blossom and the results will reflect success.”

    Daniel felt that this was tangible in the Val de Vie work environment and our people, which  has inspired him to pursue his dream.

    Simone de Wet, MD of Val de Vie Events, said “We are excited about his career and we believe in his dream. With hard work dedication and discipline he will reach the stars”


  • Keep your cool with office simplicity

    Posted on September 23, 2015 by Admin

    An uncluttered office is a productive office. Keep things simple with a chic monochromatic look. This a timeless style that oozes elegance, plus it's easy on the eye and maintains a sense of visual calm.


  • Wedding tip wisdom: Tip #4

    Posted on September 23, 2015 by Elsje Human

    4. Don't sweat the small stuff

    No matter how detailed your planning, there are always some things that are beyond your control. Don't sweat the small stuff: Embrace the rain, grab an umbrella and dance with your new partner in life. Choose to enjoy and not to stress.


  • The prettiest of popsicles

    Posted on September 22, 2015 by Soritha van Dyk

    Add some floral fun to popsicles by including beautiful edible flowers, such as rose petals, borage, peonies, honeysuckle or lavender. Perfect for Spring entertaining, this quirky idea is sure to be a hit with guests - you can even add a dash of alcohol to give it a little kick!

    It is very, very important to ensure that the flower you use is non-toxic. Check which parts of the actual blossom are edible to be extra safe.

    Tips for making petal pops:

    • Ensure that the flowers you source are 100% organic and not exposed to any sort of pesticide.
    • Take extra care in washing the petals before adding them to your popsicle juice mix.
    • Choose petals in a colour to match your wedding colour scheme.
    • Different petals have different tastes, so be sure to sample the petals and then choose your popsicle mix to complement the flavour of the flower.

  • Only 4 Polo Village units left!

    Posted on September 22, 2015 by janette

    We're getting closer to the big POLO VILLAGE draw! One of 60 lucky buyers will drive away with a new Ferrari California 30 Convertible!

    More info HERE | polovillage@valdevie.co.za




  • Flower power

    Posted on September 21, 2015 by Maryke

    With Spring in full floral force at Val de Vie Estate, here are some gorgeous blossoms and blooms to brighten up your Monday. Have a great week!


  • Property News: Val de Vie Phase 2 well underway!

    Posted on September 17, 2015 by janette

    Phase 2 now well under way at Val de Vie Estate in Cape Winelands and only seven plots available for purchase in phase one.

    View of completed homes in spectacularly scenic surrounds at Val de Vie Estate in the heart of the Cape Winelands.

    Of the 552 residential plots brought to market to date in phase one (220ha) of the sought after Val de Vie Estate in the Boland region of the Western Cape, 545 have been sold and over 400 homes already completed.

    Bordering the Berg River in the scenic Paarl-Franschhoek Valley in the heart of the Cape Winelands, the second phase comprising a further 330ha is well under way, including the sale of plots in the Gentleman’s Estates, River Reserves, Le Domaine and La Vue. Such is the demand that 40 percent of the plots released in phase two have sold within a month. Final phases on the estate will incorporate a retirement village, further residential plots and additional stables.

    When completed, close to 50 percent of the entire 550ha estate will remain green or open space, while maintaining a maximum density of approximately three homes per 10 000 square metres, says Dr Andrew Golding, chief executive of the Pam Golding Property group.

    “Originally launched in 2006, with the first transfers taking place that same year, property prices of vacant land on the estate have almost doubled since 2010. This is despite the economic recession, which saw the residential property market in South Africa severely impacted during 2008 and 2009. Notably, in 2012, a completed home in Polo Village sold for a Cape Winelands record of R22 500 per square metre.”

    Dr Golding says the most significant capital growth has been experienced over the last two years, with land prices increasing by 50 percent and house prices by 20 percent. “In 2012 vacant stands were selling at an average of R1 500 per square metre compared with a current average in 2015 of R2 100 per square metre. In 2012 the average per square metre price of a home was R12 000, which has escalated to R18 000 in 2015.

    “Today resale house prices of R4 million to R5.5 million are not uncommon, as well as prices up to R7-R9 million for re-sale homes fronting onto the river or lakes. To date the highest price achieved for a home on the estate is R12 million. In addition, recent buyers of vacant land are investing sizeable amounts in building luxurious homes catering for their every need. The rental market is also strong, with no stock currently available.”

    Val de Vie Estate is perhaps unique in that the developers have sought to incorporate homes that cater for every different kind of buyer requirement, with an entry level of R1.8 million for apartments in Polo Village and prices from R2.8 million to R5 million for homes in The Vines, with residential plots selling from R1.4 million to R4 million and more recently from R7.5 million to R10.5 million for exclusive small holdings in Gentleman’s Estates and up to R12.5 million for River Reserves.

    Buyers on the estate comprise a mix of locals from the Paarl and other areas of the Western Cape, but recent statistics reveal that some 75 percent of purchasers are those relocating from Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal, as well as expatriates returning to South Africa from abroad.

    Says Surina du Toit, Pam Golding Properties area manager in Paarl, Franschhoek and Wellington: “An important part of the success of the estate is its high appeal for young family buyers, who are increasingly turning to secure residential estate living with easy access to good schooling. According to Lightstone Statistics, just over half the recent buyers in Val de Vie are in the age group from 36 to 49 years and 23 percent from 18 to 35 years. These two age brackets also represent a total of 69 percent of existing owners who have owned their properties for more than 12 months.”

    With Bridge House private school in Franschhoek just 16km away and five primary and four high schools in the Paarl area within a radius of about 10 or 11km, and a wide range of leisure and sports activities – including a 25m heated indoor pool, squash courts and two gyms, as well as stables, polo fields and clubhouse, parks, vineyards, lakes and olive groves, game reserve, even a restaurant, Val de Vie has everything any family could ask for and more. A further important draw card for family buyers is the established Kinder Ark Farm pre-school.  With Paarl on its doorstep, a provincial hospital, medi-clinic and extensive shopping facilities, including Paarl Mall, are readily accessible.

    “It’s a village in itself,” says du Toit, “offering a tranquil yet modern country lifestyle with every possible convenience, including state of the art security features , green environmental practices and fibre-optic high-speed connectivity. Family buyers of primary residences today are looking for that perfect balance between nature and authentic world-class living, which accounts for the majority of residents being in their early 40’s, with young children.”

    The uptake of the most recent residential property launched at Val de Vie is indicative of the ongoing demand from home buyers and strong investment confidence in the estate.  Brought to market in June this year (2015), only three out of a total of 13 Gentleman’s Estates remain available for purchase priced between R10 million and R10.5 million for plots between 2.9ha and 3.13ha. One of the four River Reserves has sold, with remaining plots from 2.56ha and 5.83ha in size priced between R8.995 million and R10.5 million. Construction of the roads and services will begin in September (2015), with transfer planned for early 2016.

    “Interestingly, two of the Gentleman’s Estates were acquired by existing homeowners on the estate, one of whom owns race horses and will now have a property with a barn and stables, while the other buyer wanted a more spacious property and a home with an indoor swimming pool and total privacy. Other buyers of the Gentleman’s Estates are planning to grow vegetables, nut trees and the like, and all plan on living permanently on the estate. The uptake for these properties has been exceptional, however it is a unique offering with nothing comparable within a secure estate, and you simply can’t buy a smallholding with this kind of security and lifestyle.” - Du Toit.

    At The Vines, launched in March (2015), where 142 plot and plan homes will be set on 12 hectares of prime land with views of the Paarl Mountains and four scenic lakes 47 units have sold to date.  Buyers have a choice of beautiful, modern homes, ranging from single-storey 172-188sqm homes to double-storey residences of 248-264sqm and double-storey, premium homes of 290sqm. The homes are designed exclusively for this development by one of South Africa’s most well-known architects, Stefan Antoni of Antoni Associates. Construction of roads and services are well under way, with the building of homes to commence in January 2016. Being well-priced with most homes in the R3 million to R5 million price range and with the potential for attractive rental yields, a number of these homes have been acquired as buy-to-let investment properties.

    At Polo Village, with only five units out of a total of 60 one and two bedroom apartments available for purchase at R2.85 million, construction began on site in May this year. Buyers are a combination of end users and investors planning to capitalise on rental opportunities for polo players and other visitors attending events held at Val de Vie. Once all the units are sold, one lucky buyer will be the winner of a Ferrari, courtesy of Val de Vie Estate.

    Further sales of vacant erven are progressing in Le Domaine and La Vue in phase two of the estate, with only 12 of the total of 33 stands available for purchase in La Domaine at prices ranging from R1.425 million to R1.595 million for 675 to 773sqm. In La Vue, 10 of the total of 33 stands have already sold, priced from R1.75 million to R4.3 million for 891 to 2058sqm.

    PROPERTY ENQUIRIES:

    property@valdevie.co.za   |   021 863 6105


  • Wedding tip wisdom: Tip #3

    Posted on September 17, 2015 by Maryke

    3. Let your decor reflect your personality

    Your decor should have you name and style all over it. Don’t try to follow trends that won’t necessarily be unique to you. Fashions are fleeting, but your style and personality will always be your own.


  • It's Cintron Pink Polo Inspiration time!

    Posted on September 17, 2015 by Simone de Wet

    Our Cintron Pink Polo event is coming up on 7 November 2015 and we are so excited about this highly anticipated event! Just planning our outfits is half the fun - at the moment we're loving light grey paired with pink.

    Funds generated by Cintron Pink Polo will go to Reach for Recovery, a non-profit organisation which provides emotional care and practical support to breast cancer patients and their families.

    The event offers an opportunity for families and friends to unite against an illness that has affected millions of lives, not only in South Africa, but across the globe.

    Date: Saturday, 7 November 2015
    Venue: Val de Vie Estate, R301, Jan van Riebeeck Drive, Paarl, 7646
    Time: 14:00 – 19:00
    Cost: R550 (includes high-tea)
    Dress: Smart-casual in pink or white – chic yet comfortable

    Event takes place RAIN OR SHINE!

    Val de Vie Estate can be contacted telephonically on +27 (0) 21 863 6100; or by email on events@valdevie.co.za.  Alternatively, visit www.valdevie.co.za for more information.


  • Corporate make-up tips

    Posted on September 16, 2015 by Elsje Human

    Getting ready for work often presents the challenge of keeping your look up-to-date and professional. Make-up is no exception, so to keep things simple and elegant, we prefer a natural, neutral style that works around the clock.

    Avoid heavy foundation and opt for a fresh look. A touch of blusher is great, but keep the colour understated.

    Similarly, eye make-up all about subtlety. Invest in a high quality mascara, brow pencil and a neutral eye shadow palette that complements your skin tone.

    Lastly, for lip colour we love soft, matte nudes. But of course it is fun to express oneself, so feel free to be a bit more creative here.


  • Choose Val de Vie Estate for an exceptional photographic venue

    Posted on September 16, 2015 by Admin

    Val de Vie Estate is a unique setting as a photographic venue, offering a variety of locations within the estate. With its breathtaking scenery, Val de Vie has been featured in several publications including Private Edition and high profile campaigns for brands such as BMW, Queenspark, US Polo and Julius Bär.

    Click here to download our brochure for more information.


  • Say yes to the non-traditional dress

    Posted on September 15, 2015 by Elsje Oosthuizen

    Who says that the bride must wear white? Some modern brides are breaking convention and choosing unique dresses that embrace individuality. Make a statement by using a fabulous floral print, or add a daring dash of colour.

    One thing is for sure: having a different dress always attracts attention and admiration. Be free, be bold and be yourself!


  • For a flawless finish, we love Airbrush Make-up

    Posted on September 14, 2015 by Nadia Valentyn

    Airbrush makeup is a hot new bridal trend, offering a flawless, polished look that last for hours. Today expert Talita Rademeyer discusses the benefits of this fantastic concept. For more information about her services, please visit her Facebook Page.

    Every bride knows how important and tricky it can be to find the right artist that not only makes her look gorgeous but also makes her feel fabulous on the day. We all have a different idea of what beauty means to us. When we look in the mirror each of us see something different. How we represent this view of ourselves is a true expression of individuality.  Personally I feel that it is crucial that your artist understands this and how to push your boundary a little further whilst at the same time honouring your idea of beauty. This is what sets a good bridal artist apart from a fashion artist.

    The second challenge is to enable the make-up last for hours without getting that "over-layered" look. With cameras constantly improving "high definition" we end up seeing more and more detail in the actual image than with the naked eye.

    For me, make-up should be like a "mist" that settles over the skin, creating a soft, even skin tone that lasts for hours without any touch-ups needed.  This is exactly what Temtu Silicone based Airbrush Make-up gives you!

    Airbrush Make-up is much finer and thinner when compared to a traditional application. The silicone-based product is applied by way of compressed air through an airbrush stylist onto the skin. This fine mist of colour covers the skin evenly, giving the appearance of a flawless complexion. Foundation colours are mixed for a perfect blend to beautifully match skin-tone and then sprayed from the décolletage to the face, blending the jawline to the décolletage seamlessly.

    Also, it will not transfer onto clothing, which not only keeps the wedding dress clean but also the groom’s collar. Due to the fact that silicone is water resistant, pesky perspiration and those tears of joy is not something to worry about any longer.  The product contains no talk or oil, therefore it eliminates the problem of mixing with the skin's natural oils- leaving shining spots on photos.  It won’t go anywhere until you are ready to wash it off!

    Another big benefit of Airbrush Make-up is the way it looks in photos. High Definition cameras have really made make-up artists more aware of their application methods. Every line from a brush or sponge, if not blended well, can be seen in detail through an HD lens. With Airbrush Make-up, you don’t ever worry about streaks or brush strokes. The fine mist mirrors the structure of pixels in a digital image, making it flawless and requiring minimal edits.

    5 Reasons why Temtu Airbrush Make-up is for you:

    1. The Flawless Factor! Making your skin look absolutely gorgeous, and photograph amazingly well!
    2. Water resistant!  It won't come off until you take it off. (It will survive all the hugging, kissing, perspiration, and tears on your big day.)
    3. It's hypoallergenic, which means it's great for sensitive skin
    4. It's lightweight. It feels like you hardly have any make-up on.
    5. It can give you as little or as much coverage as you like without feeling heavy!

    Testimonials

    "Wow so amazing. Thanks for convincing me to go for the Airbrush Make-up :-) what a light-cant feel Make-up and it lasted until 2.30am in the morning, not a smudge."
    - Kerstin

    "Airbrush makeup was the finishing touch that made my special day perfect."
    - Candice


  • Happy wedding anniversary to Suzanne and Simon

    Posted on September 13, 2015 by Admin

    Val de Vie Events would like to wish Suzanne and Simon a very happy wedding anniversary. This special couple celebrated their wedding one year ago at the estate, along with 200 of their closest friends and family.

    Wishing you lots of happiness today and forever more!


  • Don't miss the Cintron Pink Polo food truck fair!

    Posted on September 10, 2015 by Soritha van Dyk

    Cintron Pink Polo is taking place on Saturday, 7 November 2015 and we can't wait! Held at Val de Vie Estate, the event is an annual fundraiser in aid of breast cancer programmes and research. Guests enjoy a glorious afternoon of riveting polo, up-to-the-minute fashion and mouth-watering high tea on the lawns of South Africa's only wine and polo Estate.

    The Cintron Pink Polo food truck fair offers a relaxed, family-friendly way to enjoy the event. With lawn seating overlooking the polo action,there will be several enticing food trucks offering a variety of delicious eats and treats.

    Details

    - Entrance fee: R50
    - Lawn seating, no picnics, food or pets allowed, under 13s enter for free
    - Event take place RAIN OR SHINE!

    Buy tickets via Computicket


  • Choose grey and yellow for a chic, happy office

    Posted on September 10, 2015 by Maryke

    Admin, inboxes and meetings... days in the office can be so busy and demanding, so why not add some fun and energy with a bright, punchy decor scheme? We love how well yellow and grey work together. Grey is soothing, elegant and calm, while yellow adds a zip of vibrancy and positivity.


  • Wedding tip wisdom: Tip #2

    Posted on September 9, 2015 by Nadia Valentyn

    2. Enjoying the day with your bridesmaids

    Your bridesmaids are such a special part of your day. They are your friends, your support crew and fans. As most brides know, the day goes by so fast, so enjoy spending time with them before the wedding and making memories that will last a lifetime. Val de Vie Events will take care of the rest!


  • Spring into a pop of colour

    Posted on September 8, 2015 by Simone de Wet

    At Val de Vie we can't help but notice the appearance of fresh green leaves, bright flowers and warming sunshine. Spring is in full bloom, so why not get into the zone with a pop of colour? We love bright, vibrant shades that offer a fun spin on this happy season.


  • Greener Pastures - as featured in the Val de Vie Magazine Winter Edition 2015

    Posted on September 7, 2015 by janette

    Words by Kathryn Jubber

    It’s a refuge that is longed for from high-rise buildings, from the top of the corporate ladder and from the fast track: nature, its liberating spaces and its invigorating qualities. As life’s pace increases so too does the demand for smallholdings, say the property experts.

    Bringing this to light, Pam Golding Property Consultant, Doug Gurr, from the Winelands International Division, confirms that buyers are looking to invest in land that provides sufficient space to provide a sense of farm-life, without the requirement of extensive management or the commitment associated with commercial farming. “I recently sold a property, inclusive of a home and manicured gardens, under five hectares for just over R28 million and another between 15 and 20 hectares for R30 million,” says Gurr. “The small difference in price goes to show the high demand for boutique properties.”

    What it boils down to is access to the simplest of life’s pleasures and the ability to experience that which nature offers which in turn brings immense satisfaction. Businessman Gordon Frazer, now the owner of a Franschhoek farm near to the Huguenot Monument, agrees. “Being able to see how my farm changes over the course of the year, I really get a sense of the different seasons and each one offers its own charms. The splendour of spring through to the drama of winter portrays the farm in a different way each time,” he says. “There is a certain sense of pride in being able to watch something grow and mature through the year and then seeing it turned into a great product, whether that is wine or olive oil.”

    “I enjoy the sense of space, peace, and quiet living on a property like this and I don’t believe that there is a comparable property or lifestyle available elsewhere in South Africa - perhaps only in very few parts of the world” - Gordon Frazer

    Frazer had worked in the IT industry, held various executive positions with multinationals, and had spent eight years working in the UK and China; but on a holiday to the Cape 18 months ago, he and his family very quickly realised that this region was where they wanted to be, and its lifestyle was one that they wanted to adopt. They fell in love with the small town atmosphere of Franschhoek, and the fact that, despite its country-feel, it is closely located to Cape Town.

    “I enjoy the sense of space, peace, and quiet living on a property like this and I don’t believe that there is a comparable property or lifestyle available elsewhere in South Africa - perhaps only in very few parts of the world,” he says. “Having an interest in wine and winemaking makes the Cape Winelands a perfect place to live, and owning your own vineyard is an opportunity that is unique to this part of the country.”

    Based on a thorough understanding of the widespread search for this particular lifestyle, the property market, and latest trends, Ryk Neethling, Marketing Director at Val de Vie Estate, pours the same passion that enabled his success as an Olympic swimmer into property development. He has put an extensive amount of research into this field and, being a frequent international traveller, has witnessed first-hand the success of lifestyle-focused property offerings incorporated within luxury estates, in far corners of the world.

    “I loved what I saw at Palm Beach Polo Golf and Country Club in the US, an estate that has, like Val de Vie, perfected the combination of luxury homes and lifestyle amenities, such as polo fields, equestrian facilities, swimming pools and tennis courts,” says Neethling. Palm Beach Polo Golf and Country Club stretches out over approximately 890 hectares of land in the heart of the equestrian capital of America – Wellington, Florida, where the concept of smallholding-type equestrian estates is flourishing.

    “Although we draw inspiration from certain elements of polo estates across the globe, I can honestly say that Val de Vie’s homes and facilities are already on par with international standards, and with the added, unique benefit of excellent security. Now, we’re pleased to be leading the way locally with the introduction of smallholding developments at Val de Vie.”

    Located in the Paarl-Franschhoek Valley, Val de Vie recently expanded its borders to incorporate 17 smallholdings ranging from 1 to 5 hectares – the Gentleman’s Estates and River Reserves. The fact that there are a limited number of these smallholdings means that they have the potential for sound investment returns as capital values increase, and will contribute to a boost in the value of other properties in the estate, according to Dr Andrew Golding, Chief Executive of the Pam Golding Property Group.

    This concept is not entirely new to the winelands, though it will be the first and only one to be successfully developed on this scale, with more than 7 estates already sold within the first weeks of it’s launch. In 2006, the iconic Boschendal Estate went to market with a similar product but was never able to get it off the ground during the tumultuous credit crunch in 2008.

    Falling within what is already a successful farming area, the 13 Gentleman’s Estates allow one the opportunity to cultivate vineyards, olive groves, organic vegetables and the like or to keep horses or certain breeds of livestock. “Back in the 1600s and 1700s, fresh fruit and vegetables were cultivated and traded with passing ships and now today’s residents at Val de Vie can reap the rewards and satisfaction of tilling the land,” says Dr Golding.

    Similarly, the four River Reserves provide a unique home environment where indigenous buck, such as the grysbok and steenbok, will be free to roam the properties, amidst rehabilitated fynbos and natural vegetation. Furthermore, creating something of a true African experience on one’s doorstep, buyers are able to keep select game species on their property in conjunction with Cape Nature – “an idyllic lifestyle on one of South Africa’s most successful estates,” adds Dr Golding, which can be enjoyed “without any security concerns.”

    In fact, fifteen kilometres of high security fencing that encapsulates the estate, thermal cameras that cover the entire perimeter, and other top-class security features, successfully contributed to Val de Vie earning the title of “Home to the Safest House in Africa” at the most recent International Property Awards. Indeed, the estate takes every precaution to create an environment where residents’ minds are at ease, where their focus can be kept on making the most of their home environments and the natural splendour that surrounds their properties. Quite simply, Val de Vie ensures that in every way possible, the “Valley of Life” is experienced as nothing less than a wonderful refuge.


  • Feel fresh, vibrant and romantic in Spring

    Posted on September 7, 2015 by Elsje Human

    Bring the beauty of Spring into your home or office with fresh flowers and a pretty palette of soft pastels. Feminine, romantic and upbeat, this look celebrates the youthful mood of this season.


  • Spring inspiration

    Posted on September 4, 2015 by Simone de Wet

    We are so inspired by the freshness and beauty of Spring, so here is some inspiration to make your day too!


  • Make your office a hub of inspiration

    Posted on September 2, 2015 by Nadia Valentyn

    Not all offices have a picturesque view or an ideal setting, but with a few keys elements such as bold decor accessories, unusual lighting fixtures, bright colours or some inspirational quotes, any space can be transformed into an inspirational hub.


  • Wedding tip wisdom

    Posted on September 2, 2015 by Elsje Oosthuizen

    With the wedding season well on its way, our events team will be offering indispensable tips and advice for your big day over the next few weeks. And now for tip Number One from Elsje Oosthuizen:

    1. Remember to enjoy your day and trust your team of service professionals!


  • Happy Spring Day!

    Posted on September 1, 2015 by Soritha van Dyk

    It's the first day of Spring, which means that it's time for gorgeous flowers, soft sunshine and longer days. This fresh new season inspires us to wear delicate, feminine pastels that capture the beauty of this special time.


  • Beating the Bloat

    Posted on September 1, 2015 by Admin

    This week Kari, our favourite Registered Dietitian, gives brides-to-be advice on how to beat bloating.

    Bloating is probably one of the top three symptoms I get asked about how to manage – and don’t think it’s only the fairer sex that struggles with this, bloating knows no gender boundary… or ANY boundary for that matter. Bloating also usually goes hand-in-hand with inconsistent bowel movements, poor skin health and a problematic scalp. At this point, I assume many of you are going “tick, tick, tick”.

    People often struggle with this for years, and feel that they may have developed some form of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). That is until they visit the dietitian’s office…

    I usually find that within 2 – 3 weeks, there is a massive improvement – and that’s without going on a juice detox, a fast or cutting out every allergen known to mankind. The focus is on completely cleaning up the diet and choosing foods that your body needs! Pre-wedding bloating is no different, although I would like to make a few practical recommendations:

    • Cut the processed food. Anything that requires advertising is probably processed (ever seen a naartjie or avocado advert)? If the food can tell you where it came from, you can eat it. Simple as that. Eat real food, not food-like substances.
    • Cut the sugar, which includes sweeteners and artificially flavoured sweets/drinks/gum. Yes, even the diet drinks.
    • As counter-intuitive as it may feel – you actually have to EAT something to help prevent bloating. So, avoid skipping meals!
    • Stop obsessing over allergens – just cut foods and drinks that aren’t found in nature.
    • Keep the fruit, but don’t overdo it. Eating 4 oranges in a sitting isn’t going to benefit you or your gut… Stick to 2-3 fruits per day and have them as snacks.
    • Vegetables – include them with lunch and dinner… And by include, I mean that half of your plate should be vegetables/salads. Skip the dressing, unless it’s found in nature.
    • Drink water: whether filtered, hot with lemon and ginger or rooibos tea. Make sure you are drinking through out the day (not just 2 cups in the morning). Remember, that with all the fiber in your diet you are probably going to get plugged up if you don’t drink water (very counter-productive)
    • Add in a good quality pro-biotic… Yoghurt isn’t going to do the trick here, if you have been struggling with poor gut health, a probiotic first thing in the morning is very important to restore balance.
    • From a practical, non-nutrition point of view for the ladies– if you aren’t on contraceptive, and plan on starting this before your wedding: make sure that you leave SUFFICIENT TIME for your body to adjust.  Schedule an appointment sooner rather than later, as you never know how your body may react.

    So, there you have it! The principles above are what I based our Bridal Manual on, so if you’re unsure of portions and combinations, it’s a good place to start!

    Have a happy week!

    ABOUT KARI

    Kari is a Registered Dietitian who qualified from Stelllenbosch University in 2012. She then went on to do her community service year in the Eastern Cape, where she worked with a wide range of patients in both a clinical and community setting. After her community service year, Kari moved back to Cape Town, started her Masters in Nutrition, and joined Kelly Lynch Dieticians in Sea Point. Although the practice sees clients with a wide range of nutrition needs, there is a strong focus on assisting clients by addressing the emotional aspect of nutrition, eating and wellness.

    Kari enjoys being able to collaborate with clients to achieve their individual goals, and is passionate about working with clients to determine what their body needs most. Kari also recently got married, and developed a bridal manual together with Kelly to assist brides to be in looking and feeling their best on their wedding day!

    www.kellylynch.co.za kari@kellylynch.co.za


  • Don't miss the Val de Vie Market on 25 October 2015!

    Posted on August 31, 2015 by Admin


  • Spring has sprung at Val de Vie

    Posted on August 27, 2015 by Nadia Valentyn

    Spring has arrived at Val de Vie, which makes us think back fondly to couples who have tied the knot here during this beautiful season. We love how they incorporated the lovely Spring weather into their wedding photos. Fresh flowers, blue skies and soft, sunny light make this such a romantic time.


  • Cheers to Madame Clicquot

    Posted on August 26, 2015 by Elsje Oosthuizen

    Val de Vie Events is well known for coordinating exceptional corporate events, so we truly admire those who have made a success in the business world.

    Barbe-Nicole Clicquot Ponsardin is someone who we look up to for this very reason. This visionary young widow built a champagne empire that stood the test of time and showed the world how to live with style. Born in 1777 and widowed at the age of 27, Barbe-Nicole had a rich, colourful life and eventually became known as the "Grand Dame of Champagne". In the spirit of Women's Month, that's something we can toast to!

    If you are planning a corporate event, choose Val de Vie for impeccable service and expertise. Contact Events@valdevie.co.za or visit our Corporate Events page.


  • Silver linings

    Posted on August 25, 2015 by Soritha van Dyk

    It's no secret that most brides dread rain on their wedding day, but for some it is considered good luck!

    Worried that Mother Nature might decide to release her tears of joy on your big day? Look on the bright side and prepare for the eventuality with some fun, creative details:

    - Consider a venue with plenty of glass and windows, such as the Val de Vie  French Ballroom, so you can experience the rain while warm and cosy in front of the fireplace.
    - Provide stunning umbrellas that suit your theme for your guests. They can be used as props too.
    - Use gumboots as part of the décor, arranging cute little blossoms in them.
    - Serve warm treats for your guests.


  • Golden glam

    Posted on August 25, 2015 by Maryke

    With the right touch, the subtle use of gold can create a beautifully glamorous and sophisticated decor scheme. A light approach keeps the look understated: a dash of foiling or sparkle on the  invitations and place settings, some gold dust on macarons or the occasional glitzy accessory.


  • Happy anniversary to Julian and Jean-Mari

    Posted on August 23, 2015 by Admin

    Val de Vie Events would like to congratulate Julian and Jean-Mari on their one year anniversary. This lovely couple tied the knot on a sunny winter's day on 23 August 2014 and we wish them a wonderful and long life together on their anniversary.


  • Tone up this summer with Performance Pilates!

    Posted on August 20, 2015 by janette

    They say the "summer body" is made in winter. Our Pilates Instructor, Mieke le Roux, and her class at Val de Vie shows us how it's done!

    For Reformer or Private Lessons contact Mieke at: mieke.leroux@valdevie.co.za

    Here is the schedule for 2015:




  • YOLOmoons, minimoons & honeymooning

    Posted on August 20, 2015 by Nadia Valentyn

    The traditional honeymoon is synonymous with exotic island holidays, cocktails and lazy days in the sunshine. But now there are so many other ways to spend this special time together. Modern couples are looking for adventure, fresh ideas and exciting new life experiences.

    This article from the Sun Daily features some of the latest honeymoon trends.

    Minimoons

    It's become increasingly popular to forego the extensive, two-week honeymoon abroad in favor of taking a shorter staycation closer to home and saving the larger vacation for later in the year.

    As pointed out in an article for Skyscanner.net, minimoons offer the possibility of splurging on a five-star hotel for a few nights, rather than slumming it out in a mediocre, two-star property over two weeks.

    YOLO or Maximoons

    At the other end of the spectrum, the industry is also seeing couples embark on Maxi or YOLO - You Only Live Once - moons. For some couples, honeymoons are seen as their last hurrah before they face commitments like mortgages, children and mountains of bills.

    Whether it's taking months off work to backpack through Europe or Southeast Asia, or splashing out on an exorbitant all-inclusive resort in Bora Bora or the Maldives, the maximoon is for couples who want to kick off their new lives together in a big, big way.

    Honeyteering

    It's a riff off voluntourism: Combine the concept of honeymoon and volunteering, and you get honeyteering, a vacation idea that aims to appeal to couples with a social conscience.

    Nowhere is this trend perhaps most promoted than Thailand, where couples can stay in luxurious hotels like the Four Seasons Chiang Mai and also lend their time to animal conservation efforts or teach English to young Thai children.

    Buddymoon

    The primary reason some couples invite friends and family on their honeymoon? To save money, says 101 Honeymoons. But according to scientific research, opening up your vacation to other couples could also help strengthen your relationship.

    One study out of Wayne State University in Detroit, for example, found that spending time with other couples can help people view their partners in a new light and add another level of excitement to their relationship.

    But be careful the kind of couple you choose, warn relationship experts, and invite couples you admire and who share the same interests. – AFP Relaxnews

    Article and image source: http://www.thesundaily.my/news/1185427


  • 20 Reasons to love Val de Vie

    Posted on August 18, 2015 by janette

    There are so many reasons why we love living at Val de Vie Estate. We've tried to narrow it down to our top 20!

    Find us on Instagram, Twitter & Facebook and share why you love this place as much as we do!

    @valdevieestate #valleyoflife #lifeworthliving


  • Simple DIY wedding ideas with wow factor

    Posted on August 18, 2015 by Elsje Oosthuizen

    Colourful cutlery

    This is so cheap and easy to do: dip cutlery in pain that matches your wedding's decor scheme. It looks really eye-catching and jazzes up place settings with splash of colour.

    Custom photo backdrop

    For years after your wedding, you and your guests will be looking back at the photos, so why not make them more memorable with a custom photo backdrop? Be creative: cluster giant paper flowers together, source some unusual fabric or wallpaper or drape wreaths and garlands together.

    Cupcake station

    Oh yes, this is as decadent and fun as it sounds. Set out a selection of plain cupcakes (vanilla and chocolate are always winners) accompanied by an array of fabulous toppings. Buttercream, glacé icing, sprinkles, smarties, gold dust, lemon curd, nutella... there are so many delicious ideas and your guests will love exploring them all.


  • Hot off the press ... The Val de Vie Magazine | Winter 2015 Edition

    Posted on August 13, 2015 by janette

    "A man travels the world over in search of what he needs and returns home to find it.”
    - George A. Moore

    We are excited to announce that our latest edition has hit the shelves in Exclusive Books, Premium Airport Lounges, Legacy Hotels  and other iconic hotels across the country.

    If you're reading our magazine - whether you are traveling or at home - let us know!

    twitter  |  instagram   |   @valdevieestate #ValdeVieMagazine2015

    Find it online at Issuu


  • Val de Vie Market: Expect the unexpected

    Posted on August 13, 2015 by Soritha van Dyk

    The Val de Vie Market is returning with a new and exciting concept! As Spring approaches, we can't wait to create a relaxing and entertaining day out for the entire family to enjoy. You can be sure that Sunday will become a fun day.

    With delicious food, gorgeous wares and a variety of entertainment for the whole family, this is a day not to be missed!

    Diarise the following Market dates in your calendar:

    25 October 2015
    7 February 2016
    13 March 2016
    10 April 2016


  • Inspired by women who move the world

    Posted on August 12, 2015 by Maryke

    “I believe in pink, I believe laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles"
    – Audrey Hepburn

    In the spirit of Women's Month, we are inspired by women who have made their mark on the world, whether in business, entertainment, humanitarian work or the arts. Their vision and talent is something that is truly worth aspiring to.

    The Val de Vie Events team has had the privilege to host corporate events for a range of successful companies and individuals. If you are planning a corporate event, choose Val de Vie for impeccable service and expertise. Contact Events@valdevie.co.za or visit our Corporate Events page.


  • Happy Women's Month

    Posted on August 11, 2015 by Maryke

    Val de Vie Events would like to wish all women a very happy Women's Month! May it be a time of inspiration that recognises the accomplishments of women across the world.


  • Servingware gets down to earth

    Posted on August 11, 2015 by Elsje Human

    Earthy, natural textures and materials are a hot trend for ceramics and servingware. We love this raw look, which embraces imperfections, individuality and authenticity.


  • Easy wedding DIY projects

    Posted on August 6, 2015 by Simone de Wet

    It's always extra special to add personal touches to your wedding -we love DIY projects that create an element of creativity and individuality.

    Luckily you don't have to be Martha Stewart to get it right. Here are some easy and fun ideas for you to do:

    - Create a board for guests to sign or leave messages (we love the idea of heart-shaped spaces)
    - Write or stick something cute on the soles of your shoes (this is great for a photo opportunity too!)
    - Cut out hearts (or any pretty shape) and string them to make garlands
    - Send secret love notes to your fiance on the morning of the wedding


  • Light and bright with pink and white

    Posted on August 6, 2015 by Elsje Oosthuizen

    Pink is the colour of breast cancer awareness and, of course, our Cintron Pink Polo event which takes place on Saturday, 7 November 2015.

    We love pink paired with white: the vibrant, passionate nature of this rosy shade really comes to life with calm, serene white. With that in mind, we are already putting our outfits together for the big event!

    Funds generated by Cintron Pink Polo will go to Reach for Recovery, a non-profit organisation which provides emotional care and practical support to breast cancer patients and their families.

    The event offers an opportunity for families and friends to unite against an illness that has affected millions of lives, not only in South Africa, but across the globe.

    Date: Saturday, 7 November 2015
    Venue: Val de Vie Estate, R301, Jan van Riebeeck Drive, Paarl, 7646
    Time: 14:00 – 19:00
    Cost: R550 (includes high-tea)
    Dress: Smart-casual in pink or white – chic yet comfortable

    Event takes place RAIN OR SHINE!

    Val de Vie Estate can be contacted telephonically on +27 (0) 21 863 6100; or by email on events@valdevie.co.za.  Alternatively, visit www.valdevie.co.za for more information.


  • DIY chalk board ideas for your special day

    Posted on August 5, 2015 by Soritha van Dyk

    Many brides want to personalise as many elements of their wedding as possible. A DIY chalk board project is the perfect way to add a special touch.

    You can transform any glass, piece of wood, mirror, frame, glass bottle or cardboard box into a creative and stylish element for your wedding. As a bonus, by creating your own table numbers, guest name cards, signage boards, menus or personalized guest gifts, you can save a tremendous amount on your wedding's stationery budget.

    All you need for this DIY project is the following:

    - The object you want to use e.g.. Wine glasses •
    - Masking tape
    - Chalkboard paint (available at art shops or at Annie Sloane)
    - Paint brush

    Have fun!


  • Gentleman’s Estate featured in the Sunday Times

    Posted on August 5, 2015 by Admin

    Learn why people choose to move to our beautiful valley.

    View the full article or find out more about this unique property opportunity.


  • Pink perfection

    Posted on August 4, 2015 by Elsje Human

    Pink is the colour of love, compassion, romance and positivity. As a combination of red and white, both colours add to pink's beautiful characteristics. It gets passion and energy from red, while white adds a calming, gentle touch. The deeper the pink, the more passion and energy it radiates, so we are loving bold, vibrant shades of pink.

    Of course, pink is the colour of the upcoming Cintron Pink Polo event, so be sure to get you pink on! Funds generated by Cintron Pink Polo will go to Reach for Recovery, a non-profit organisation which provides emotional care and practical support to breast cancer patients and their families.

    The event offers an opportunity for families and friends to unite against an illness that has affected millions of lives, not only in South Africa, but across the globe.

    Date: Saturday, 7 November 2015
    Venue: Val de Vie Estate, R301, Jan van Riebeeck Drive, Paarl, 7646
    Time: 14:00 – 19:00
    Cost: R550 (includes high-tea)
    Dress: Smart-casual in pink or white – chic yet comfortable

    Event takes place RAIN OR SHINE!

    Val de Vie Estate can be contacted telephonically on +27 (0) 21 863 6100; or by email on events@valdevie.co.za.  Alternatively, visit www.valdevie.co.za for more information.

    We are excited to welcome you soon.


  • Meet Kari, our new guest blogger and expert dietician!

    Posted on August 3, 2015 by Admin

    The month of August always excites me – perhaps it’s the fact that spring is almost here, or that there’s a public holiday near the beginning dedicated entirely to WOMEN. So, what a great month to be launching as a guest blogger primarily aimed at equipping the ladies! (Don’t worry gents - there will be a few snippets for you as well)!

    I have come to realize that it is rare to attend a social event where health and nutrition aren’t discussed (as if there isn’t enough pressure already!).

    Be it the food you are eating during dinner, the food you ate before dinner or the food you will eat when you get home…  The food your neighbor is eating, the food your boss is eating or the food your receptionist is eating. Whether you like it or not, people are constantly talking FOOD, health and wellness (synonymous with weight for many).

    On top of this, throw a wedding into the mix, and every rational thought you’ve ever had about nutrition goes out the window – suddenly a 6 week fast sounds like a great idea, add in an appetite suppressant and a “fat burner” and most girls feel like they are well on their way. The problem with this is that it doesn’t actually make you feel any better, and in fact probably significantly increases anxiety levels and Bridezilla tendencies.

    I am painfully aware of the fact that as soon as I mention that I am a dietician, people become self-conscious of what they are eating/what they look like and say something along the lines of: ”I need to come and see you”,  “I’m going to have to watch what I eat tonight” or “What do you think of Banting/Paleo/Juicing/Insert-fad-diet-here”.

    So, yes – we will be discussing food, health, nutrition and wellness – but in doing so, hope to empower you to make great decisions for yourself, regardless of where you are in life! Sound knowledge is one of the most powerful tools you will have. So, feel free to ask questions and post comments – this blog is for written for YOU and I am excited to start this journey with you.

    Until next time,

    Kari xx

    ABOUT KARI

    Kari is a Registered Dietitian who qualified from Stelllenbosch University in 2012. She then went on to do her community service year in the Eastern Cape, where she worked with a wide range of patients in both a clinical and community setting. After her community service year, Kari moved back to Cape Town, started her Masters in Nutrition, and joined Kelly Lynch Dieticians in Sea Point. Although the practice sees clients with a wide range of nutrition needs, there is a strong focus on assisting clients by addressing the emotional aspect of nutrition, eating and wellness.

    Kari enjoys being able to collaborate with clients to achieve their individual goals, and is passionate about working with clients to determine what their body needs most. Kari also recently got married, and developed a bridal manual together with Kelly to assist brides to be in looking and feeling their best on their wedding day!

    www.kellylynch.co.za


  • It's time to think pink!

    Posted on July 30, 2015 by Nadia Valentyn

    Cintron Pink Polo Event is coming up on 7 November 2015 at Val de Vie Estate in the Paarl-Franschhoek Valley and we're all thinking pink! From girly accessories to rosy-hued gadgets, we love this feminine colour that invokes the spirit of breast cancer awareness.

    Funds generated by Cintron Pink Polo will go to Reach for Recovery, a non-profit organisation which provides emotional care and practical support to breast cancer patients and their families.

    The event offers an opportunity for families and friends to unite against an illness that has affected millions of lives, not only in South Africa, but across the globe.

    In true Val de Vie style, Cintron Pink Polo will present guests with a thrilling match of world-class polo, as well as other entertainment, such as a fashion show, a luxury car display and high-tea, which will be enjoyed on the sprawling lawns of the estate.

    Date: Saturday, 7 November 2015
    Venue: Val de Vie Estate, R301, Jan van Riebeeck Drive, Paarl, 7646
    Time: 14:00 – 19:00
    Cost: R550 (includes high-tea)
    Dress: Smart-casual in pink or white – chic yet comfortable

    Event takes place RAIN OR SHINE!

    Val de Vie Estate can be contacted telephonically on +27 (0) 21 863 6100; or by email on events@valdevie.co.za.  Alternatively, visit www.valdevie.co.za for more information.

    We are excited to welcome you soon.


  • Slick corporate branding

    Posted on July 29, 2015 by Elsje Oosthuizen

    If you want your brand to stand out, one of the most creative ways is to invest in quality stationery that makes a statement. Go beyond the norm: have custom stamps of your logo made, print your own branded wrapping paper or splash out on print finish such as foiling or embossing. Small details might seem extravagant but they make a big impression, which is exactly what you're aiming for.

    Just as having slick branding is important for your business, so is the right venue for corporate events. Choose Val de Vie for your next functions and contact Events@valdevie.co.za or visit our Corporate Events page.


  • It's time to embrace healthy eating

    Posted on July 28, 2015 by Simone de Wet

    Health and fitness are always hot topics, so it's no surprise that extensive research is frequently carried out in this field. According to the Huffingtion Post, recent studies show that younger people are more inclined to make healthy eating choices, which is very positive news.

    "Does being younger than 30 translate to a predilection for healthier eating habits? This rhetorical question may very well be true. A recent report conducted by the Nielsen Global Health and Wellness Survey offered surprising and detailed information about the culinary habits of young people.

    In a January 20, 2015 article by USA Today reporter Bruce Horowitz which surveyed more than 30,000 consumers in more than 60 nations revealed that more younger consumers are far more concerned about everything from food ingredients, genetically modified food to organic foods than previous generations. Indeed, an obsession with healthy and clean eating seems to be the order of the day. The most health-centric group of consumers is Generation Z. These are the men and women younger than 20 years old. More than four out of ten individuals polled in this group indicated that they would be willing to spend more money for healthier products as opposed to 32 percent of millennials, and 21 percent of baby boomers.

    Some other findings in the poll included:

    • 41 percent of Generation Z stated that they would be willing to pay more for healthier products
    • 26 percent of Generation X'ers (1965-1979) stated they would pay more for healthy food
    • 16 percent of those in the Silent Generation (1925-1945) made a similar claim."

  • We love old gold

    Posted on July 28, 2015 by Simone de Wet

    If you think that gold is all about bling, think again. There is nothing as glamorous as old, classic gold: it's all about less shine and sparkle and more about chic, understated hues.

    Gold is beautiful when paired with cream and white - keep the look clean and elegant and consider modern gold trends such as rose gold.


  • Anita and Dimitri's Wedding

    Posted on July 27, 2015 by Elsje Human

    Anita and Dimitri celebrated their wedding at Val de Vie and we just love the photos by John Armstrong Photography, which bring back all the moments and memories from the day. The beautiful outdoor ceremony, the riveting polo match, the packed dance floor... this was a day filled with joy and we are delighted to have been part of it.















  • The new wedding trend: Selfie stations

    Posted on July 27, 2015 by Simone de Wet

    We've spoken about the latest craze for Instragam hashtags at your wedding, so how about taking this trend to the next level? A clever selfie station is the perfect spot for you and your guests to snap away and share fun photos. Add some quirky props or a pretty backdrop and you're good to go. #Amazingweddingidea!


  • The Val de Vie Market always has something new

    Posted on July 23, 2015 by Admin

    The Val de Vie Market has become a popular event at our estate, showcasing  some of the region’s finest local produce in a spectacular country setting. Visitors can discover lovingly crafted goods as they enjoy sunshine, smiles and a festive atmosphere.

    Exciting new plans for our market are afoot, so be sure to keep your eye on our website and social media for more details!

    You are welcome to visit the market on the following dates:

    25 October 2016
    7 February 2016
    13 March 2016


  • The Importance of Colours in Branding

    Posted on July 23, 2015 by Simone de Wet

    The success of a corporate events is hugely influenced by the look and feel of the occasion, which is why so much depends on great branding. This article by Gregory Ciotti on Help Scout sheds some interesting light on the psychology of colour:

    "In an appropriately titled study called Impact of Color in Marketing, researchers found that up to 90% of snap judgments made about products can be based on colour alone (depending on the product).

    The study Exciting Red and Competent Blue also confirms that purchasing intent is greatly affected by colours due to the impact they have on how a brand is perceived. This means that colours influence how consumers view the 'personality' of the brand in question

    Additional studies have revealed that our brains prefer recognizable brands, which makes colour incredibly important when creating a brand identity.

    Colour Preferences by Gender
    Studies done by Hallock’s confirmed that blue, green, black and red  are by far men's favourite, Men also prefer bright colours and shades whereas women prefer softer colours and tones. The colours topping the charts as favourites are blue, purple, green, red and black."

    Choosing the correct colours from your companies corporate identity to use when designing your branding for events is clearly vital.

    For more information on the topic, view the full article.


  • Meet the Events Team: Simoné

    Posted on July 23, 2015 by Admin

    Simoné is the talented MD of Val de Vie Events Full Coordination. Energetic, vibrant and always full of new ideas, she has years of experience in the events industry and boasts international experience with leading brands such as Harrods.

    Simoné's vision and drive has truly shaped the course of Val de Vie Events and she leads our team with her signature flair and energy, loving every minute of creating world-class events.

    Simoné is particularly passionate about uplifting and educating members of the community. She feels privileged to be able to do so, and believes that in offering skills and opportunities to disadvantaged individuals, the future can only be brighter.


  • Good News! The deadline for entries has been extended to July 31st​

    Posted on July 17, 2015 by janette

    ​Are you the proud owner of a magnificent kitchen? Have you recently designed and installed a kitchen masterpiece? Then we want to hear from you!
    Caesarstone is on the hunt for the best kitchen in South Africa. If your kitchen is a veritable showstopper and the envy of friends, chefs and design gurus alike, we want to see it and show it to the world!

    The Prize

    The Caesarstone Kitchen of the Year owner and designer will take home R50,000 each, TV exposure, magazine coverage and bragging rights.
    Nominate a kitchen or enter your own!  Fill in the entry form, upload photos, plans, and – voila!

    Enter

    Nominate a kitchen by emailing your nomination’s name, email address, phone number and the kitchen project name to competitions@interslab.co.za

    More info here


  • Has the “large” home had its day?

    Posted on July 15, 2015 by janette

    "Not entirely, but price trends reflect an outdated composition of property stock, with a relative under-supply of small-to-medium size homes", says John Loos, FNB Chief Property Analyst.  Here is the latest FNB Property Barometer note regarding house price performance by home size category.

    The relative house price inflation performances reflect an outdated composition of residential property stock, with relatively too many large homes and too few small to medium sized homes.

    The inappropriate size composition in residential property stock exists despite a broad trend towards building smaller sized units with smaller average stand sizes that started as far back as the late-1970s, around the time that economic infrastructure investment plummeted and urban land scarcity started to increase noticeably.

    Given that the house and its running costs is usually the  lion’s share of overall household costs, with households experiencing financial limitations in a slow economy it should be unsurprising to see relatively stronger demand for smaller and medium sized houses, with large-size demand being the weak link.

    Indeed, this is what appears to come out in examining relative price inflation performances of property categories according to home size. Of the 3 size categories, the 20-80 square metre “Small Sized” category showed year-on-year price growth of +6.2% in the 2nd quarter of 2015. This rate is slightly slower than the +6.4% rate for the 80-230 square metre “Medium Size” category, but nevertheless very similar. The 230-800 square metre “Large Size” category, by comparison, is the “odd man out”, having seen significantly slower price growth of 2.5%, relative to the other 2 segments.

    The underperformance of the Large-Sized segment has been a longer term phenomenon, and became more noticeable after the 2008/9 recession.

    From the 1st quarter of 2001, the Large Home Index has risen cumulatively by 265.9%, compared to the Medium Size category’s 323.1% and the Small Sized category’s 323.8%. Since the 2nd quarter of 2009, a relative price low point just after the recession, the Large Sized Home Index has risen in total by 25.7% compared to a significantly bigger 37.9% rise in the Medium category and 56.1% for the Small Sized category.

    The list of reasons for the underperformance of large sized homes is potentially a lengthy one. Since the late-1970s, urban sprawl has been constrained by significantly slower economic infrastructure investment. This, along with ongoing urbanisation, has led to increasing land scarcity, resulting in a long term trend towards smaller stand sizes and smaller building sizes. In addition, the average size of the South African household has declined over the years as fertility rates have declined, causing declining need for the 4 bedroom+ homes over time.

    But the recent relative underperformance of the large sized homes may have been helped on by sharply rising home operating costs. At top of mind is security costs associated with high crime rates, playing into the hands of smaller sized units often in secure clusters. Then there is the matter of sharply rising municipal rates and tariffs, especially in the area of electricity which was rising at around 30% year-on-year at the beginning of 2009, and carried on with sharp double digit hikes for a good few years thereafter.

    These home running related cost increases, at a time when the economy is weak and the household sector is financially “constrained” in general, have arguably lifted the popularity of smaller sized homes, and the relative price inflation performances of size segments in recent years is therefore not surprising

    Is this the end of the road for large-sized homes? No, but we believe that the composition of the country’s housing stock is outdated, and that “large-sized” homes need to decline as a percentage of total housing stock.

    Whereas South Africa’s Middle Class could often afford to live in large spacious homes, the future is probably one where these large sizes increasingly become the domain of the wealthy, with far higher density living the future for the “Middle Class”. Until such time as the composition of the housing stock has adjusted to reflect these changed cost and demand patterns, a long term process, we would expect the large-sized home segment to underperform the Middle and Smaller Sized homes, in terms of house price inflation, for the most part during the coming years.

    John Loos

    Household and Property Sector Strategist

    Market Analytics and Scenario Forecasting: FNB Home Loans

    Tel: 087 328 0151

    Email: john.loos@fnb.co.za


  • Merike and Marcel’s wedding video

    Posted on July 15, 2015 by Admin

    Mighty Fine created this incredible video of Merike and Marcel’s wedding day at Val de Vie. Held on a picture-perfect day, it was a beautifully romantic and memorable day, celebrating the love between the lovely Merike and Marcel, a Springbok rugby player who also plays for the Bulls.


  • Feel fit and fabulous

    Posted on July 14, 2015 by Elsje Human

    All brides-to-be want to look their best, so a training programme is often part of the pre-wedding process. Get motivated by investing in some quality exercise gear (just looking the part is a great boost!). If hitting the gym isn't your thing, try something different like dance classes, Bikram yoga or trail running. It's all about feeling good about yourself.


  • Get social media smart at your wedding

    Posted on July 14, 2015 by Admin

    We're all hooked on social media and Instagram is a fantastic way to share photos and experiences. Use this to your advantage at your wedding and ask guests to apply a unique wedding hashtag for all their photos of the event. That way it's easy for you to track their pics and paint a picture of the day through their eyes. Put up pretty signs with the hashtag and offer some fun ideas of photo subjects - it's like having a whole crew of photographers capturing even more special moments!


  • Anita and Dimitri's Wedding Video

    Posted on July 13, 2015 by Admin

    Anita and Dimitri celebrated their gorgeous Greek wedding at Val de Vie. The event was attended by friends and family from all over the world, and we just love their wedding video by FJS Productions, which beautifully captures the day.


  • Inspired by pink

    Posted on July 10, 2015 by Admin

    We are pleased to announce that the sixth annual Cintron Pink Polo Event in support of breast cancer awareness, treatment and research, will be held on 7 November 2015 at Val de Vie Estate in the Paarl-Franschhoek Valley. This year, funds generated by Cintron Pink Polo will go to Reach for Recovery, a non-profit organisation which provides emotional care and practical support to breast cancer patients and their families.

    The event offers an opportunity for families and friends to unite against an illness that has affected millions of lives, not only in South Africa, but across the globe.

    In true Val de Vie style, Cintron Pink Polo will present guests with a thrilling match of world-class polo, as well as other entertainment, such as a fashion show, a luxury car display and high-tea, which will be enjoyed on the sprawling lawns of the estate.

    Date: Saturday, 7 November 2015
    Venue: Val de Vie Estate, R301, Jan van Riebeeck Drive, Paarl, 7646
    Time: 14:00 – 19:00
    Cost: R550 (includes high-tea)
    Dress:  Smart-casual in pink or white – chic yet comfortable

    Event take place RAIN OR SHINE!

    Val de Vie Estate can be contacted telephonically on +27 (0) 21 863 6100; or by email on events@valdevie.co.za.  Alternatively, visit www.valdevie.co.za for more information.

    We are excited to welcome you soon.


  • Meet the Events Team: Soritha van Dyk

    Posted on July 8, 2015 by Admin

    Soritha is Val de Vie Events' amazing administrative and events coordinator. As a farm girl, Soritha loves the nature and greenery at Val de Vie Estate and adores being part of our team.

    She has a passion for people and just like the rest of the team, she loves meeting engaged couples and discussing their dreams for their big day. Soritha is committed to making the planning process a lovely  journey each couple and goes out of her way to make sure that every aspect is special.

    Soritha thrives on the excitement of the couples and seeing the love shared between the bride and groom to be. Her favourite part of a wedding is watching the parents when the bride walks down the aisle. The beautiful emotions of pride and happiness never cease to overwhelm her.

    Soritha advises couples to plan their wedding according to their own personal style, rather than to follow the myriad of trends in magazines and blogs. It's so much more special for guests to recognise their personality reflected in every single detail.

    Her passion also lies with more intimate events like birthday parties or anniversary dinners. As she puts it, "every occasion should be celebrated with the ones you love."

    Are you planning a wedding or function in the future? Contact Soritha to discuss your event: Soritha.vanDyk@valdevie.co.za

    Photograph by Abri Kruger Photography


  • Trust Vlinder for social media savvy

    Posted on July 8, 2015 by Admin

    Val de Vie Events takes pride in coordinating world-class corporate events. An important part of this is using the right service providers who can provide a high level of professionalism and service.

    For this reason we love to work with Vlinder Media, a social media consultancy run by Iza Slabbert. Whether you need management of your social media platforms, online marketing, blog or website, Iza is the perfect person for the job.

    Val de Vie Events is always delighted to work with Iza and we encourage other businesses to do the same! Visit Vlinder Media's website for more information about Iza's services.


  • A touch of grey

    Posted on July 7, 2015 by Elsje Human

    Grey is undoubtedly one of the hottest colours at the moment, upstaging other neutrals such as cream, taupe and ivory. Far from being dull and dreary, grey is rather serene, peaceful and and classic, adding an edgy touch of class. We love subtle touches of grey being incorporated into wedding decor; it's a modern look that takes the decor style up a fashionable notch.


  • Fitness inspiration

    Posted on July 6, 2015 by Elsje Oosthuizen

    Want to beat the Winter blues? Treat yourself to some new running shoes (fun colours optional) and make an exercise diary. It's hard to get motivated when it's cold and rainy, but having a plan and some chic gym gear can go a long way! Even if you can only manage 15 minutes, it's something, and you'll feelw armed up and inspired to do more.


  • Get snap happy at your wedding

    Posted on July 2, 2015 by Simone de Wet

    In today's tech-savvy world, most of us use smart phones on a daily basis. With so many people enjoying quality cameras and photo sharing apps such as Instagram, it's never been easier to share photos and memories.

    You can be sure that many of your guests will be getting snap-happy at your wedding, so why not make it work for you? It'll be like having a crowd of extra photographers (at no extra cost!). To make it easy, create a predetermined wedding hashtag that guests can use. Add it to your invitations and have a couple of signs around the venue to remind them. We love this website that offers free templates for Instagram wedding signs, check it out.


  • Meet the Events Team: Nadia Valentyn

    Posted on July 1, 2015 by Admin

    Nadia Valentyn is a Wedding and Event coordinator at Val de Vie Events. Each wedding she coordinates starts with meeting couples over a cup of coffee to get a good background of their lives, what they do, their hobbies and, of course, the most important aspect: their dreams and ideas for the big day. Nadia loves this process and is always thrilled to see how things take shape right from the beginning through to the very last detail on the day.

    Nadia also draws on her experience in the bridal wear industry, giving valuable tips about  both men and women's attire. She knows all the do’s and don’ts and enjoys sharing her knowledge of service providers and reputable professionals.

    Nadia admits that she always cries when she sees the bride walking down the aisle. Seeing how everything comes together - from the initial planning, dreaming, picking out colours and patterns – to form a perfect picture on the day. She also loves the feeling of showing couples a sneak peek of the ballroom and seeing their delighted faces.

    As Nadia says, "it makes all the long hours and hard work worthwhile – the feeling you get when you get to do what you love each day – priceless!"


  • Sensational stationery by Secret Diary

    Posted on July 1, 2015 by Nadia Valentyn

    It is always a treat to look at the latest work by Secret Diary. This talented design agency offers a range of services, including graphic design, printing and gorgeous print finishes.

    The power of stylish, memorable logo should never be underestimated. Investing in a professional line of corporate stationery will polish your brand's image and make a meaningful impression to potential clients.

    Secret Diary makes it easy too - simply book a consultation with for helpful guidance and insight on how to improve your brand's identity. Following on from that, they will present several ideas for you to approve until the perfect design is selected.

    Just as having chic branding is important for your business, so is the right venue for corporate events. Choose Val de Vie for your next functions and contact Events@valdevie.co.za or visit our Corporate Events page.




  • Toni and Nicholas' wedding

    Posted on June 29, 2015 by Admin

    Here are some stunning shots from Toni and Nicholas' Val de Vie wedding. We love the chic, crisp decor scheme and the elegant tiered cake - what a showstopper! We wish the newlyweds much happiness in their life together.


  • Marcel and Merike's in My Wedding Day magazine

    Posted on June 29, 2015 by Admin

    We are delighted to see Marcel and Merike's wedding in the pages of My Wedding Day magazine. Elsje Human completed the on-the-day coordination and it was a real pleasure to host this beautiful couple. The wedding was beautifully romantic, celebrating the love between the lovely Merike and Marcel, a Springbok rugby player who also plays for the Bulls.

    Click here to see the article.


  • Val de Vie Estate announces the expansion of its borders, encompassing Gentleman’s Estates and River Reserves

    Posted on June 29, 2015 by janette

    Those with a keen eye for property investments, with a love for the Cape Winelands or simply a yearning to “live the good life” in a secure environment, will be pleased to know that one of the country’s most esteemed residential, lifestyle and polo estates, Val de Vie Estate, has officially launched the second phase of its greater development. Val de Vie will expand its borders to encompass 300 hectares of land, which it has purchased from Pearl Valley Golf and Country Estate.

    Comments Ryk Neethling, Val de Vie’s Marketing Director: “Val de Vie has been an extremely popular choice for families from all corners of the country, as well as for expats wanting to invest in South African property. Home to the ‘Safest House in Africa’, Val de Vie truly has something rare to offer in terms of security, as well as lifestyle and location. We’re very excited that, with the current expansions, even more people will now have the opportunity to embrace this.”

    Since its inception in 2006, Val de Vie has transformed the ground on which it is located in the Paarl-Franschhoek Valley from a desolate state to a stunning piece of land that now lives up to its name, meaning “Valley of Life”.

    Comments Dr Andrew Golding, Chief Executive of the Pam Golding Property Group: “Val de Vie has taken an innovative and holistic approach to the development of this sought after estate, catering for a diverse range of home buyers with stylish, modern homes offering the ultimate in secure, country living with a host of amenities – all this less than 15 minutes from Stellenbosch and under 30 minutes from Cape Town.”

    Building on the success it has seen over the years and based on its core values that promote sustainability, Val de Vie’s second phase will entail the development of smallholding properties, including:

    Gentleman’s Estates

    Ranging from 1,2 hectares to 3,53 hectares, the Gentleman’s Estates will allow buyers the opportunity to cultivate vineyards, olive groves, organic vegetables and the like, or to keep horses or certain breeds of livestock. Thus, these estates cater perfectly to those looking to enjoy all the perks of farm life, without the stresses of commercial farming and with the added benefit of the estate’s outstanding security.

    “These new Gentleman’s Estates will have huge appeal for families who want to enjoy all the benefits of a healthy, farm-type lifestyle,” continues Dr Golding. “This is already a highly successful farming area. Back in the 1600s and 1700s fresh fruit andvegetables were cultivated and traded with passing ships and now today’s residents at Val de Vie can reap the rewards and satisfaction of tilling the land while enjoying an idyllic lifestyle on one of South Africa’s most successful estates, without any security concerns.”

    River Reserves


    Based on a similar concept, Val de Vie’s four River Reserves will range in size from 2,56 hectares to 5,83 hectares and will be classed as eco-estates, where indigenous buck such as the grysbok and steenbok will be free to roam amidst rehabilitated fynbos and nature at its best. Furthermore, buyers of River Reserves will be allowed to keep select game species on their property in conjunction with Cape Nature. These estates will be ideal for those seeking the best of both worlds – expansive outdoor surroundings as well as proximity to the city and other amenities.

    The purchase of both Gentleman’s Estates and River Reserves includes allocated water from the estate’s existing water rights, irrigation installation as well as a complete landscaping plan which will be devised together with a professional landscaper. Furthermore, each buyer will receive two complimentary concept design meetings with one of South Africa’s most esteemed architects, Stefan Antoni of Antoni Associates in order to create their dream home on one of these estates. Owners of these estates will be charged the same levies as other Val de Vie homeowners.

    “We believe that the limited number and unique offering of Gentleman’s Estates and River Reserves have the potential for sound investment returns as capital values increase, and will also helpboost the value of other properties on the estate,” adds Dr Golding. “Already renowned for its fine wines, world-class polo grounds, exceptional health club with gym, squash and tennis courts plus heated indoor pool and top quality restaurant, Val de Vie has now added a highly attractive new element with this agricultural offering.”

    Another of the most noteworthy developments to take place at Val de Vie, set to be completed by the year 2017, will be the addition of a bridge which will extend across the Berg River to connect with the R45, thus bringing access to excellent schools, the University of Stellenbosch and Cape Town International Airport that much closer to Val de Vie.

    “The essence of these properties reiterates that which we’ve poured our hearts into prioritising as an estate – life lived close to nature, with a range of excellent amenities on one’s doorstep, world-class security and the freedom to enjoy one’s surroundings – ‘life worth living’, as we like to say,” concludes Neethling.

    Smallholding erven prices start at R 6.5 million ex. VAT.

    For further information on Val de Vie’s property developments, contact Val de Vie on: +27 21 863 6105 or at: property@valdevie.co.za

    To view the available erven, view our Interactive Sales Map HERE


  • Meet the Events Team: Johan George

    Posted on June 24, 2015 by Admin

    Johan George is our Venue Logistics Manager and the driver of the estate's gorgeous Rolls Royce. As a natural multi-tasker and an incredibly diligent worker, he's the cheerful go-to man in the Events team and is always willing to help with anything that may come up.

    There are so many things that Johan does to ensure that everything runs smoothly. He oversees the small details that make all the difference, such as collecting the bride from the Villa and opening the door for her when arrives at the aisle, or driving weddings couples onto the polo field where they throw in the ball to start a polo match. For Johan it is a real pleasure to drive the Rolls Royce and share the experience with wedding couples and VIPs.

    Johan is committed to the maintenance of our beautiful venue and managing its stock. He oversees the set-up of weddings with great care, whether checking that each wine glass is polished and impeccably aligned or setting up the ceremony area to perfection.

    Johan is also responsible for the set-up of the Val de Vie Market. The venue is always  spick and span under his watchful eye, and on rainy days you can be sure that everyone will have an umbrella!

    Photograph by Cheryl McEwan


  • ‎Polo, a game fit for a King!

    Posted on June 23, 2015 by Admin

    This weekend past Prince George showed the world how polo is meant to celebrated and enjoyed.

    The adorable young Royal was having a blast at the Festival of Polo at the Beaufort Polo Club in Gloucestershire. As his happy face shows, he was enjoying polo for what it is really about: fun, fresh air and family time. This is how the sport has been embraced in Argentina and it's an approach that we also love.

    You inspire us, Prince George! Moments like these make us so excited for the upcoming Polo Season that kicks off in October 2015 and ends in April 2016.

    We cordially invite you to come and share in the authentic lifestyle here at Val de Vie, where playing polo is a way of life.

    Do keep your eye on the calendar on the website for all social polo events ahead.

    Three cheers to the ponies!



    Images from the Daily Mail


  • The urban wedding

    Posted on June 23, 2015 by Elsje Human

    We are so fortunate to live in a country with dazzling scenery and countryside, but today we're daydreaming about chic city weddings. There's something edgy and romantic about tying the knot amidst the buzz of a city - it's certainly something different and memorable.

    There's a practical element too: City weddings are convenient for guests, who might not have to travel as far as they would to rural venues. Similarly, service providers might be closer too, which will help to curb your costs (always a bonus!).


  • Junebug Weddings' Bridal Fashion Forecast for 2016

    Posted on June 22, 2015 by Nadia Valentyn

    Here at Val de Vie Events we love fresh ideas and one of our favourite sources of ispiration is Junebug Weddings. Recently they showcased their selection of bridal trends for 2016, which got us very excited for the next season!

    Credit: All text and images from Junebug Weddings.

    Off-the-shoulder:

    Off-the-shoulder gowns offer a timeless, elegant feel to the most romantic day of your life. Exposing the décolletage creates an intimate, effortless beauty that’s perfect for any bride.

    Off the shoulder3

    Credit: Jenny PackhamSareh NouriLela Rose

    Non-traditional Colors:

    Who said bridal gowns are always white? Extraordinary designers like Sareh Nouri and Monique Lhuillier are pushing the limits of what’s traditional by adding unique colors to their designs this season, creating immaculate, eye-catching gowns.

    New colors2

    Credit: Sareh Nouri, Monique LhuillierSareh Nouri

    Two-piece:

    Giving bridal week a fresh new look to wedding gowns, designers are bringing in the mid-drift. Exposing one of the most flattering parts of the body makes any bride cool and confident on her big day. This look is sure to be a winner this year!

    Credit:Hayley Paige, Reem AcraKaren Willis Holmes

    Colorful Hair Accessories:

    Bridal crowns aren’t what we’re predicting this year. We can’t wait to see more colorful florals uniquely placed throughout the bride’s hair. This whimsical look adds a touch of color to a bride’s overall look.

    Credit: Mathias FastInes Di Santo, Chris Spira

    Repurposed Gowns:

    Truly creating a one-of-a-kind day, brides who wear wedding gowns made from other once used items showcase a unique look that would be found nowhere else. Whether the items be sentimental or not, the dress is sure to be an original. Top-designers have already jumped on the trend! Joelle Perry created a repurposed gown using a 1940’s table cloth.

    Credit: Joelle Perry, Golden Hour Studios, Stephanie Rogers Photography


  • Black and white is always right

    Posted on June 22, 2015 by Elsje Human

    Black and white will always be a style staple and it's easy to see why: this look is classic, clear-cut and effortlessly classy. A beautifully tailored white shirt paired with skinny cut black pants is the perfect combo for day to evening wear.

    Just as looking the part is important, so is the right venue for corporate events. Choose Val de Vie for your next functions and contact Events@valdevie.co.za or visit our Corporate Events page.


  • Cintron Pink Polo 2015 is proud to support the Ditto Project

    Posted on June 18, 2015 by Admin

    Cintron Pink Polo 2015 is delighted to be supporting the Ditto Project this year, a charity that helps women breast cancer patients have access to prostheses.

    About the Ditto Project

    After having breast cancer and a mastectomy, a woman is often worried about her appearance. External breast prosthesis may be the only option a woman has, especially if she cannot afford to undergo reconstructive surgery. Wearing a breast prosthesis is a personal choice. The reality is that many breast cancer patients in South Africa cannot even afford a bra, let alone a breast prosthesis. Reach for Recovery wants to help these women who come from very low income groups to feel confident again after the traumatic diagnoses and surgery through the Ditto Project . It aims to assist them with a silicone breast prosthesis.  A breast prosthesis or breast form is an artificial breast that can be worn to simulate the natural breast and body shape. The local Reach for Recovery Group also provides a fitting service to ensure that a woman chooses the right shape and size. The Ditto Project is also looking at ways to ensure that the woman will have a proper bra to wear her breast prosthesis with confidence.

    For more information, visit Reach for Recovery's website.


  • Ebun and Segun's wedding

    Posted on June 18, 2015 by Admin

    Ebun and Segun celebrated their gorgeous wedding at Val de Vie and we can't take our eyes off these stunning shots by Zara Zoo. Hailing from Nigeria, the couple were joined by 200 guests, most of whom flew in from Lagos.

    The event was coordinated by Wedding Concepts, who were responsible for the concept, decor and design. There is so much about it that we love: the opulent decor, the feast of food (the dessert station was sensational) and the swanky after party that saw guests celebrating in style and luxury.












  • Less than 5 months until Cintron Pink Polo!

    Posted on June 18, 2015 by Admin

    It's less than 5 months until Cintron Pink Polo! This worthy and glamorous event will be held on 7 November 2015 and is one of the most anticipated events in the Western Cape’s social and polo calendar. Held at Val de Vie Estate, this fun day out is an annual fundraiser in aid of breast cancer programmes and research. Guests enjoy a glorious afternoon of riveting polo, up-to-the-minute fashion and mouth-watering high tea on the lawns of South Africa's only wine and polo Estate.

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  • Meet the Events Team: Elsje Oosthuizen

    Posted on June 17, 2015 by Admin

    Elsje Oosthuizen is the talented Project Coordinator and Business strategist of Val de Vie Events. Her main role and passion is managing large polo events, which is no mean feat! She thrives on the challenges that come with this, from the sponsorships, logistics and crisis management to creating a detailed 40-page programme.

    Elsje's impeccable attention to detail shows in the events that she coordinates. She enjoys team work and is always eager to be creative and innovative.

    Elsje also loves Full Coordination weddings and has coordinated the weddings of Protea cricket player JP and Sue Duminy and Springbok rugby player Duane and Ezel Vermeulen.
    Her favourite part of a wedding is the moment just before the bride walks down the aisle. Elsje is every bride's guardian angel, helping to fluff the dress and offering the bride a sip of water. It's all these small details that prep for the moment when the brides locks eyes with her groom.

    Elsje loves the fact that Val de Vie Estate is always growing and evolving as a world-class destination, making her very excited about the future of the estate.

    Arrange a meeting with Elsje to discuss your event by sending an email to elsje.oosthuizen@valdevie.co.za or contacting 0218636191


  • Get cosy with chunky knits

    Posted on June 16, 2015 by Elsje Human

    Are you feeling the cold this Winter? We love the look of chunky, over-sized knits. Not only are they practical, they can make a style statement with bold colours, unique patterns and luxurious wool.


  • A warm winter wedding

    Posted on June 16, 2015 by Elsje Oosthuizen

    A Winter wedding is not about grey skies and rainy days! The cold season is the perfect time to host a sophisticated event that celebrates all that we love about Winter. Pair deep, warm shades such as wine red with crisp white, host a lavish indoor banquet and keep guests cosy with roaring fires and gluhwein.


  • The luxury of a winter wedding

    Posted on June 15, 2015 by Elsje Human

    The cold weather and rainy days make Winter the perfect season to indulge in creature comforts and luxury, and a Winter wedding is no exception to this rule. We love the idea of a sumptuous celebration filled with heartwarming elements: rich textures such as faux fur, decadent treats such as hot white chocolate and pastries, and a gorgeous palette of creams, greys and white.


  • Make your year-end event a classy affair

    Posted on June 12, 2015 by Nadia Valentyn

    Have you started planning for your corporate year-end event yet? Now is the time to get going so that the planning process can be stress-free.

    The first step is to make a to-do list. Go through each item carefully and spend enough time on each element; it really pays to be thorough and organised right from the start. Invitations, food tastings, an enticing selection of wines and beverages, décor... these are all details that need careful consideration and creativity.

    If you would like assistance with your year-end function or need an exceptional venue,  contact Events@valdevie.co.za or visit our Corporate Events page.

    Happy planning!


  • Meet the Events Team: Elsje

    Posted on June 10, 2015 by Admin

    Elsje Human is the Val de Vie Market Manager and an events coordinator. She has a real passion for serving guests, being part of their celebrations and helping to create memories that will last a life time. Elsje loves watching the guests as they laugh together and celebrate, knowing that she was able to make their special occasion possible.

    Her favourite part of the event planning process? Meeting with guests to discuss their dreams and then helping them to become a reality. Elsje is inspired by all the elements of the event industry - from decor and stationery to food and flowers - and how they all comes together in an event. She loves the moment when guests are about to enter the reception area to marvel at a gorgeous setting created by our team.

    The cherry on top for Elsje is being surrounded by the scenery of Val de Vie Estate. As a Free State local, she never ceases to be amazed by the towering mountains of our valley.

    To contact Elsje regarding your event/wedding send an email to elsje.human@valdevie.co.za or call 021 863 6191 to arrange a meeting over a cup of coffee.


  • Brighten up your day with bold colours

    Posted on June 9, 2015 by Elsje Oosthuizen

    After a recent trip to New York to see the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic, our team is so inspired by the bright, bold colours of the Big Apple. Here is a punchy moodboard to brighten up your day and to celebrate the power of colour.


  • Dress for success

    Posted on June 8, 2015 by Nadia Valentyn

    Power dressing has come a long way since the shoulder pads and baggy suits of the 1980s.  Today it's all about wearing tailored outfits that help you to exude confidence and celebrate your own personal style. You can never go wrong with a classic blazer, a basic leather bag, luxe fabrics such as silk and a statement pair of heels.

    Val de Vie Estate is an exceptional setting for any type of corporate event, from functions, team building and conferencing to intimate business meetings, lavish cocktail parties, product launches and year-end functions.

    As such, we know the impact of power dressing. Businesses of all sizes typically adopt a dress code to help guide employee decisions related to proper appearance and attire for the workplace. A company's decision to propose and enforce a corporate dress code often stems from a desire to create and maintain a particular image within the community and with customers.

    Just as looking the part is important, so is the right venue for corporate events. Choose Val de Vie for your next functions and contact Events@valdevie.co.za or visit our Corporate Events page.


  • Sassy suede

    Posted on June 5, 2015 by Soritha van Dyk

    It's cold outside and time to bring out the winter wardrobe! We love the rich feel of suede. It's got a rustic, prairie-girl style and is as warm as it is stylish. Opt for colourful suede accessories if you prefer a subtle look, or go all-out boho with a fringed suede bag.


  • Cosy coffee cups

    Posted on June 4, 2015 by Soritha van Dyk

    Paper cups can be used to hold anything from a steaming cup of freshly brewed coffee, rich hot chocolate or a selection of gummy sweets from a candy buffet.

    Personalize your cups by having your names and wedding date printed on them, or be creative and print a couple of fun questions. Design the cups according to your theme and wedding colors and you can save a bit on your decorations budget.


  • The Val de Vie Events team attends the New York Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic

    Posted on June 3, 2015 by Admin

    The Val de Vie Events team were thrilled to be invited as guests to the New York Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic. The highly anticipated event was attended by Hollywood stars such as Diane Kruger, Emma Roberts, and Maggie Gyllenhaal, and was a glamorous day of polo, Champagne and fashion.

    Our team were so inspired by the trip and can't wait to host the next Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters at Val de Vie, which will be held on 5 March 2016.

    For more photos and details, check out this article by Business Insider, or visit wwd.com.

    The ferry transporting the guests from Manhattan to Jersey where the event is hosted.

    Arriving at the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic hosted in NYC on 30 May 2015

    Front row seats for Val de Vie Events

    5000 general public tickets sold

    The team behind the Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo at Val de Vie Estate



  • Edgy elegance

    Posted on June 2, 2015 by Soritha van Dyk

    A chic office makes work a lot more fun, which is why we love these chic office ideas. Copper, geometric prints and modern, minimalist design create a contemporary look that would jazz up any workspace.


  • We've got chic corporate events in the bag

    Posted on May 6, 2015 by Elsje Human

    Val de Vie Estate is an exceptional setting for any type of corporate event, from functions, team building and conferencing to intimate business meetings, lavish cocktail parties, product launches and year-end functions.

    Part of a successful corporate event is looking the part. Power dressing speaks volumes about your identity and brand, so having the right style is very important. We love smart work bags that double up as iPad or laptop holders and chic accessories.

    Just as looking the part is vital, so is the right venue for corporate events. Choose Val de Vie for your next functions and contact Events@valdevie.co.za or visit our Corporate Events page.


  • The Khula Development Group: An inspiration to us all

    Posted on May 5, 2015 by Admin

    Val de Vie Events was absolutely thrilled to give the Khula Development Group a brand new car. We are so grateful for the chance to give back to the community of Paarl and to assist this incredible organisation's work.

    Val de Vie Events MD Simone de Wet and her team have a basic business motto: "VISION creates PROVISION".

    As she puts it, "Most people work, sp how blessed are we to know that we love what we do because our 'doing' is driven by a common PURPOSE, which is to always give back.

    There are so many ways of giving. It can be monetary,  your time or even your skill set. Once you become more focused on other people's needs around you, you will become aware that YOU TOO can truly make a difference.

    The moment one person's life is changed, or where  hope has been given to an individual, it can change a whole family, neighbourhood, a town, and then a generation and ultimately a country.

    Let's get busy with a focus on our individual true PURPOSE and not only will we BE the change, but we will SEE the change".

    Khula was founded in 2003 as a humanitarian organisation that supports out-of-school children in the Paarl East area. These are children who have fallen out of the school system due to their personal circumstances.

    Khula is a community-based program with a vision to provide sustainable support to these out-of-school children and their families by assisting them emotionally, socially, spiritually and educationally.

    Khula makes a meaningful difference in our community and we encourage everyone to support their efforts. Visit Khula's website to find out more about the amazing work they do.



  • Shakeela and Faeez's Wedding

    Posted on April 28, 2015 by Admin

    Shakeela and Faeez celebrated their wedding at Val de Vie and we love the understated elegance of the occasion.  We are so happy to have hosted this gorgeous couple and wish them much love, joy and prosperity together.

    View stunning more photos on Jilda G's website.


  • Tracy and Collin's wedding

    Posted on April 23, 2015 by Admin

    There is one word that describes Tracy and Collin's wedding: wow! What a stunning day this was, we were so thrilled to be part of it.

    Val de Vie Full Coordination and Simone planned the occasion, which was held on 14 February at the estate, making it extra romantic. A myriad of beautiful elements came together to form a most perfect day: luxurious decor, fine cuisine, Veuve Clicquot champagne, sunny skies and an atmosphere of joy and love.

    To more photos (masterfully taken by Abri Kruger), please click here.
















  • Floral fantasy: The hottest cake trend

    Posted on April 17, 2015 by Elsje Oosthuizen

    Cake decorating has become a fine art, with cake makers creating the most elaborate adornments out of fondant or marzipan. As spectacular as these creations are, there is perhaps nothing more gorgeous than a colourful burst of fresh flowers. Cakes are getting covered with beautiful blooms that not only match the wedding decor scheme, but also make a visual statement in their own right.


  • Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo 2015 caught on camera

    Posted on April 15, 2015 by Admin

    For the first time in the history of the Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo, polo fans were treated to a high-goal 12-goal polo tournament with talented South African and international players. Shimmy Beach Club won the opening match against Team Nigus, while team Julius Bär and Veuve Clicquot drew in the riveting main game. Bentley was there to not only throw in the ball with Moet Hennessy’s marketing manager Patrick Madendjian at the start of the finale game, but to entertain guests with their magnificent vehicles during the traditional divit stomping at half time.

    The Polo Commentator for the day, the illustrious Matthew Pohl, kept guests glued to their seat, not a difficult task with the most riviting polo played on the Val de Vie fields to date.

    The Official Fashion Partners at the 2015 event –Jenni Button and Hilton Weiner - showcased their latest couture collection and quintessential looks on the catwalk, with some surprising and evocative pieces.

    There is perhaps no other sport that carries the prestige and class that the Game of Kings does. The opulent affair, co-owned by VIVIDLUXURY and Val de Vie Events, has grown beyond expectations over the years attracting both the cream of the crop of both local and international guests. This year’s VIP guest list included international actors Hakeem Kae-Kazim, Hannah New, Clara Paget, the Royal Warrant of Appointment for the Royal House of Belgium & renowned couture designer Fabienne Delvigne and some of South Africa’s finest celebrities such as Lee-Ann and Nicky van der Walt, Jeannie D, Tarina Patel, Jen Su, Maps Maponyane, Siv Ngesi, and many more.

    The Bentley car display has become a tradition at this glamourous daytime event. It provides a once-in-a-lifetime experience for the spectators who desire some serious torque. Associate Sponsor and Official Vehicle Partner, Bentley revealed their brand new Continental GT V8 for the first time in South Africa, making it to our shores only days before the big event. Other vehicles on display included the Bentley Flying Spur V8, the Mulsanne and the Continental GT.

    As the day drew to a close and the sun set behind the magical pink mountains, guests strolled over to the after party, hosted by Shimmy Beach Club, where they danced the night away.

    Veuve Clicquot founded the Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo in 2011 in Cape Town at the magnificent Val de Vie Polo estate, supporting the growing love for the sport in the city. Drawing inspiration from polo's global presence, with its rich culture and heritage, Veuve Clicquot continues to bolster this sport in South Africa and around the world. Spectators gather to enjoy polo matches and take part in elaborate and glamorous afternoons celebrating the game. More than any other sport, polo is best savored live, steeped in tradition and perpetuated by Veuve Clicquot.


  • Autumn wedding cakes

    Posted on April 15, 2015 by Soritha van Dyk

    Autumn is a beautiful season with deep, rich colours that can make a wedding cake truly spectacular. Draw inspiration from nature with berries, fruits and seeds. Marzipan confectionery look gorgeous, or perhaps delicate stencils designs.

    If you prefer a more traditional and classic style, opt for a simple all-white cake and adorn it with seasonal elements, such leave motifs and branches. Don't forget the flavours either: we love decadent options such as apple, pumpkin or salted caramel.


  • Treat your guests to polo at your wedding

    Posted on April 14, 2015 by Maryke

    Looking for a unique and memorable way to entertain your guests? Keep your them captivated for 45 minutes with an action-packed polo game. While they enjoy the spectacle, the newlyweds have plenty of time for wedding photos on the estate. A polo game has a true sense of tradition and adds an exciting sense of occasion to your event.

    Val de Vie Estate is the only residential estate in Africa that offers you the opportunity to enjoy a private polo game during your wedding or function. Our team will be delighted to make this noble sport part of your celebration.


  • When life gives you lemons... make lemonade!

    Posted on April 14, 2015 by Maryke

    There's nothing more refreshing than a glass of homemade lemonade. Here are some beautiful ways to serve lemonade at your wedding as a pre-drink option.


  • Creative spaces for creative thinking

    Posted on April 13, 2015 by Maryke

    At Val de Vie Events we love to keep inspired and keep the creative juices flowing. The key is having spaces that reflect a culture of everything that motivates and drives people. A space with autonomy and flexibility – that’s a space that can transform a business. The way an office is set up, along with the furniture and office accessories used, can dictate the productivity of your entire team.

    If you're planning a corporate events, choose Val de Vie for fresh concepts, inspired ideas and efficient planning. Please contact Events@valdevie.co.za or visit our Corporate Events page.


  • Looking the part: Corporate chic

    Posted on April 10, 2015 by Maryke

    Val de Vie Estate is an exceptional setting for any type of corporate event, from functions, team building and conferencing to intimate business meetings, lavish cocktail parties, product launches and year-end functions.

    As such, we know the impact of power dressing. Businesses of all sizes typically adopt a dress code to help guide employee decisions related to proper appearance and attire for the workplace. A company's decision to propose and enforce a corporate dress code often stems from a desire to create and maintain a particular image within the community and with customers.

    Just as looking the part is important, so is the right venue for corporate events. Choose Val de Vie for your next functions and contact Events@valdevie.co.za or visit our Corporate Events page.


  • Jenna and Lukas' Wedding

    Posted on March 30, 2015 by Admin

    Jenna and Lukas held their wedding at Val de Vie in December. With a lovely indoor ceremony, a crisp decor palette of green and white and a decadent candy station, there were so many elements that made it such a  beautiful day. We loved hosting this couple and wish them a lifetime of joy and happiness.

    Charl Smith of Agapé Studio took the gorgeous photos, which bring back all the happy memories from the celebration.


  • Lieselot and Steven's Wedding

    Posted on March 30, 2015 by Admin

    Lieselot and Steven held their wedding on 18 February at our beautiful estate. The day was made all the more special by 18 guests who all came from Belgium to attend the celebrations. We are so happy for this lovely couple and wish them all the happiness in the future.

    Service Providers

    Photography: Inecke Photography
    Venue – Val die Vie Wine Estate
    Flowers – Nico from Nstyling
    Catering – Polo Club Restaurant


  • Damian and Lucinda's Wedding

    Posted on March 30, 2015 by Admin

    Damian and Lucinda celebrated their marriage at Val de Vie on 6 February 2015. It was so wonderful to witness the strong love that the newlyweds feel for each other - what a stunning day!

    Here are a few photos from the event taken by Christene de Coning Photography (watch out for more shots soon).

    We love and appreciate these kind words by Christene:

    "Damian en Lucinda het gister by Val de Vie Estate getrou, dit was die perfekte dag met twee wonderlike mense. Ek het elke oomblik geniet en is dankbaar om deel te kon gewees het van hulle spesiale dag. Ek sal altyd Damian se toespraak aan Lucinda onthou."'n mens is nie gemaak om alleen te wees nie, en as jy bid vir die tiepe maat wat jy graag wil he sal die Here vir jou sorg!" Julle is baie spesiaal!

    Dankie vir Carla Diener Photography wat my geassisteer het, jy is 'n ster. Dankie vir al jou hulp!

    Die fantastiese Marvin van Romanesque het Lucinda se rok gemaak en soos altyd was dit besonders mooi.

    Dankie aan Val de Vie Polo & Wine Estate, julle was ongelooflik en die kos was fantasties!"


  • The magic of mauve

    Posted on March 27, 2015 by Elsje Human

    Mauve is the hottest wedding colour for 2015 and 2016. Why do we love it? This colour glamorous, sophisticated and makes a statement, yet it's also subtle and elegant.

    Mauve is a muted shade of purple with hints of grey, making it a softer and more timeless option. It looks great with grey, brown and white, or perhaps a dash of silver sparkle.


  • Setting a new standard for corporate events

    Posted on March 26, 2015 by Soritha van Dyk

    Autumn is a great season to host a corporate event at Val de Vie Estate. Add an extra dimension to your company’s event by making use of these innovative corporate event trends.

    Technology is everywhere, why not use it at your next corporate?

    Tablets are a major trend and can be used in so many practical ways: checking in guests, menu orders and competitions.

    Impressive light and sound displays are also a must, creating a unique and exciting ambiance.

    Craft beers and corporate cocktails

    Team up with a local brewery to bring a selection of craft beers to your event. Craft beers offer a personalised, local spin on drinks for your guests to enjoy.

    Another great idea is creating a corporate cocktail that is unique to your brand or event. Bring in your corporate colours, create a catchy name and your cocktail is sure to be a memorable hit.

    Embrace patterns, prints and colour

    Patterns have been a major trend and really add a wow factor to event decor. Val de Vie is a stylish venue which is a great starting point to plan your event. Add visual interest by incorporating patterns, bold prints or a mix of colors. We love chevron, polka dots, stripes or houndstooth.

    With tech trends, unique beverages and dazzling designs, your corporate event will have all the spice it needs to leave your guests amazed and excited for the next one!


  • Join us at the Market at Val de Vie this Sunday

    Posted on March 24, 2015 by Admin

    Come and join our market on Sunday, the 29th of March. Held between 10am to 3pm, the market showcases some of the region’s finest local produce in a spectacular country setting. Visitors can discover lovingly crafted goods as they enjoy sunshine, smiles and a festive atmosphere.

    Irresistible food stands present a variety of delicious homemade fare, ranging from oysters, pies and gourmet delicacies to decadent sweet treats. There's no shortage of refreshment either, with seven drink stations selling wines, bubbly, local beers and fresh juices.

    Beautiful clothes, jewellery and homeware are also on sale, lovingly made by specially selected vendors from accross the winelands. Apart from the all the tempting goods on offer, there's something for everyone at the market. Patrons are entertained by an exciting game of polo while enjoying a glass of Pongracz and live music. Children are treated to a variety of fun activities with new surprises at every Market.

    See you there!


  • Keep it cool with blue and white

    Posted on March 24, 2015 by Maryke

    A favourite palette for corporate events is crisp blue and white. This classic combination is always elegant, cool and calm, and lends itself to many styles: French, coastal, contemporary, country... to name just a few.


  • Autumn boquets

    Posted on March 24, 2015 by Soritha van Dyk

    As we head into Autumn, a host of stunning flowers become available to brides. We love the unique beauty of this season, particularly the rich, golden hues and deep, almost burnt shades that are reminiscent of the changing vines.

    Here are just some of the lovely blooms available in Autumn:

    Allium, Anemone, Black-eyed Susan vine, Bamboo orchid, Camellia, Delphinium, Freesia, Foxtail orchid, Gerbera, Gladiolus, Laelia, Lavender, Marigold, Narcissus, Poppies, Roses, Stephanotis, Water lilies.


  • Marcel and Merike’s wedding

    Posted on March 23, 2015 by Admin

    Val de Vie was thrilled to host the wedding of Marcel and Merike. Held on a picture-perfect day, it was a beautifully romantic and memorable day, celebrating the love between the lovely Merike and Marcel, a Springbok rugby player who also plays for the Bulls.

    We love the stunning photos taken by Laura Leigh, which show how magnificent the occasion was. Please visit her website for more photos.

    Suppliers


  • Denim and lace: The new black and white

    Posted on March 23, 2015 by Soritha van Dyk

    Everyone has an old pair (or ten) of jeans lying at the back of the cupboard. They might be faded and scruffy, but you just don't have the heart to throw them away.

    The latest trend of combing denim with lace is the perfect opportunity to transform your old items into something new and edgy. Use scraps of lace to create a softer, more romantic look with old denim. This trend is funky, playful and old-school. Suddenly a few pieces of lace and denim in your drawer can become a fun fashion statement.


  • Capturing the moments

    Posted on March 20, 2015 by Soritha van Dyk

    Val de Vie is a unique setting as a photographic venue, offering a variety of locations within the estate. With its breathtaking scenery, the estate offers many possibilities for a chic and memorable photoshoot.

    Brides-to-be take note: you can have a special pre-wedding engagement shoot at no additional cost if you are getting married at Val de Vie.

    For any other photoshoot requirements, please contact the Val de Vie Events team at events@valdevie.co.za


  • Rebecca and Rig's wedding

    Posted on March 13, 2015 by Admin

    We were so delighted to host the wedding of Rebecca and Rig, a magnificent occasion that was a true celebration of love and happiness.

    After an intimate elopement to Plettenberg Bay where Rig grew up, the couple headed to Italy for their first formal wedding celebration. Italy holds special childhood memories for the groom and was also a convenient location for the many international guests who attended the event.

    The enchanting wedding was held at a villa located in a small Italian hamlet near Capolona and the couple had photos taken in both the surrounding countryside and the city of Florence.

    The couple's second celebration was held at Val de Vie. As a polo lover, Rig was naturally drawn to the estate, and Rebecca surprised him with the opportunity to play his favorite sport on his wedding day - what a lovely gesture!

    The couple had the privilege of bringing the wedding photographer Julian Bower from their Italian wedding to their Val de Vie celebration. As the images show, both of these special days were breathtakingly beautiful, and a real delight to behold.

    The décor for the Val de Vie wedding was inspired by a magazine photo that Rebecca had  seen some months before the wedding, showing several pastel teacup saucers stacked in a pile, each with a golden rim on the edge. Rebecca wanted to have playful sorbet colors with mint as the main colour, but also to add some elegance with a trimming of gold.

    A fantastic aspect of the day was how the children were included in the celebration. A fun kids' area was set up next to the main reception dinner table and included party jars with toys and activities,  a separate space to make pizzas as well as a fun photo booth.

    The table centerpieces featured miniature cakes, which also served as special wedding favours for the ladies at the end of the reception.  As Rebecca says, "I wanted the guests to feel spoilt and struggled to find wedding favors that I really liked, so I thought pretty miniature cakes would be a fun treat. The miniature cakes were designed from a combination of dozens of wedding cakes that had caught my eye from various wedding photos online and our cake maker did an astonishing job of producing cakes that far exceeded what I had pictured: they were a definite highlight of the day!"

    Rebecca's wedding dress was a two-in-one creation  designed by Robyn Roberts Bridal Wear Studio. Rebecca explains the genius behind the design: "Since our wedding celebrations in Italy and Cape Town would be in two very different settings, I wanted to have a different wedding gown to reflect this.  The wedding designer created a base wedding dress of raw silk (to which she added a large bow and ribbon at the back for the Cape Town celebration) and a custom-made wedding Tuscan lace overlay for the celebration in Italy".

    Another highlight of the day was the flowers. Rebecca's favourite bloom is peonies, which were out of season at the time of the wedding. The florist cleverly gathered several other favorites, including several playful pastel-colored poppies which made for the perfect informal bride's bouquet and table arrangements to go with the decor theme. Rebecca fondly remembers the moment when she picked up her bridal bouquet: "It was the first moment I actually caught my breath in the midst of all the wedding preparations to realize: The best day of my life is about to happen as I marry my best friend (all over again!)."

    We were so thrilled to host this special couple and thank them for their kind words:

    "Thanks to the kindness of both Nadia (wedding coordinator) and Kevin (polo match organizer) from Val de Vie, this was the first wedding polo match where the groom actually got to play in the game!  We were so touched by the warm welcome, and professional yet personable service we received by all the staff at Val de Vie and the Polo Club Restaurant; Nadia Valentyn's experienced oversight of our celebration and her shared excitement over the wedding details (such a joy to me) truly put us at ease for the big day so that we were able to savor every moment!   We were also blown away by the quality and variety of food offered by Dish Food & Social and their children's menu could not have been more amazing...we even had some of the adults migrate to the children's party table for some 'tastings'!"

    SERVICE PROVIDERS & DESIGNERS:

    Photographer: Julian Bower
    Wedding dinner: Val de Vie Polo Club Restaurant
    Cakes: Frostings Cakes
    Flowers: LUSH Flowers
    Photo-booth: Photo Bomb
    Music: Amy Larter Music
    Make-up: Candice Leigh
    Wedding dress: Robyn Roberts Bridal Wear Studio
    Groom’s suit: Hilton Weiner
    Bride’s shoes: BHLDN Weddings
    Bride’s ring: Mirko Jewellery
    Groom’s ring: The groom’s ring was inherited from his dad.


  • Apoti and Zanele's wedding

    Posted on March 13, 2015 by Admin

    Apoti and Zanele celebrated their gorgeous wedding at Val de Vie and it was such a beautiful, joyful celebration. From the touching outdoor ceremony to the elegant reception, every moment was filled with happiness.

    Vivid Blue Photography's images capture the spirit of the day, view more photos on Vivid Blue's website.

    SERVICE PROVIDERS

    VENUE: Val De Vie
    DECOR: Flowers in the Foyer
    VIDEO: FJS
    FURNITURE: Makiti hire
    STATIONERY: Secret Diary Design
    DJ: DJ Timo


  • The 2015 Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo in Association with Bentley puts Cape Town on the map

    Posted on March 12, 2015 by Admin

    On a magnificent Cape Town summers day, guests of the fifth annual Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo donned their Polo best and stepped into a picture perfect world showcasing the best of Polo lifestyle. Val de Vie Estate, in the Paarl- Franschhoek valley provided an impressive setting for a day filled with couture, beautiful guests, exhilarating polo and perfectly chilled Veuve Clicquot Champagne.

    This year’s event décor theme, designed to reflect Veuve Clicquot’s latest international ‘mail campaign’ which was inspired by the days when Madame Clicquot used to communicate with her suppliers, agents and acquaintances via traditional mail. Even in today’s fast-moving electronic world, there’s still nothing quite like getting a letter or package in the mail, and the event décor brought this theme beautifully to life, in a setting that felt more like a magical wonderland than an events space. The afternoon provided a welcome pause in our guests’ busy lives, to stop and connect in a beautiful setting with a glass of Veuve Clicquot.

    For the first time in the history of the Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo, polo fans were treated to a high-goal 12-goal polo tournament with talented South African and international players. Shimmy Beach Club won the opening match against Team Nigus, while team Julius Bär and Veuve Clicquot drew in the riveting main game. Bentley was there to not only throw in the ball with Moet Hennessy’s marketing manager Patrick Madendjian at the start of the finale game, but to entertain guests with their magnificent vehicles during the traditional divit stomping at half time.

    The Official Fashion Partners at the 2015 event –Jenni Button and Hilton Weiner - showcased their latest couture collection and quintessential looks on the catwalk, with some surprising and evocative pieces. Renowned creative director Warrick Gautier’s designs were inspired by iconic fashion photographers of the 70’s, where couture met the dark sultry streets of Paris. Hilton Weiner’s collection of custom made suits was inspired by the typical reckless rebel who “danced the night away” during the jazz age, with monochromatic, graphic lines and strong, powerful silhouettes making a statement. The thought provoking show also showcased some of the finest international models by the events, Model Agency, 3D. Moroccanoil, the Official Hair Sponsor of the event, reflected the latest international hair trends on the runway, with their two of their top international runway stylists flown out specially for the event.

    There is perhaps no other sport that carries the prestige and class that the Game of Kings does. The opulent affair, co-owned by VIVIDLUXURY and Val de Vie Events, has grown beyond expectations over the years attracting both the cream of the crop of both local and international guests. This year’s VIP guest list included international actors Hakeem Kae-Kazim, Hannah New, Clara Paget, the Royal Warrant of Appointment for the Royal House of Belgium & renowned couture designer Fabienne Delvigne and some of South Africa’s finest celebrities such as  Lee-Ann and Nicky van der Walt, Jeannie D, Tarina Patel, Jen Su, Maps Maponyane, Siv Ngesi, and many more.

    The Bentley car display has become a tradition at this glamourous daytime event. It provides a once-in-a-lifetime experience for the spectators who desire some serious torque. Associate Sponsor and Official Vehicle Partner, Bentley revealed their brand new Continental GT V8 for the first time in South Africa, making it to our shores only days before the big event. The luxury performance automobile manufacturer also chauffeur drove guests who arrived via helicopter from the Val de Vie Estate landing strip to the chic clubhouse. Other vehicles on display included the Bentley Flying Spur V8, the Mulsanne and the Continental GT.

    The MC for the day, Maps Maponyane, entertained and captivated guests with his style, charm and wit, while the Polo Commentator for the day, the illustrious Matthew Pohl, kept guests glued to their seat, not a difficult task with the most riviting polo played on the Val de Vie fields to date.

    Veuve Clicquot believes in ‘letting life surprise you’, and VIP guests, celebrities and media were treated to perfectly chilled Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label throughout the afternoon, before being surprised by an impromptu ‘Rosé toast’, where everyone toasted to Madame Clicquot, the pioneering force behind the house of Veuve Clicquot. Using a fun rose tinted megaphone to announce the occasion, Veuve Clicquot rosé champagne was paired with pink macaroons – the perfect afternoon ‘high-tea’ while the sun was setting behind the exquisite Simonsberg mountains in the background.

    The Best Dressed competition for the day, judged by Elle magazine - the 2015 event’s Official Media Partner, event founder and CEO of VIVIDLUXURY, Anina Malherbe-Lan, and Warrick Gautier, Creative Director of Jenni Button, were another highlight in the action-packed programme of events. Best Dressed Female of the day award went to acclaimed international actress and producer, Tarina Patel. Best Dressed Couple went to wine power couple Olive and Anthony Hamilton-Russell, while Best Dressed Male, went to to the ever-stylish Siv Ngesi – a difficult choice given the high level of style and sophistication displayed at this year’s event.

    As the day drew to a close and the sun set behind the magical pink mountains, guests strolled over to the after party, hosted by Shimmy Beach Club, where they danced the night away. Rikki’s taxis made sure that the guests of the Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo in Association with Bentley arrived at their homes safe and sound – the perfect ending to an incredible day.

    Veuve Clicquot founded the Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo in 2011 in Cape Town at the magnificent Val de Vie Polo estate, supporting the growing love for the sport in the city. Drawing inspiration from polo's global presence, with its rich culture and heritage, Veuve Clicquot continues to bolster this sport in South Africa and around the world. Spectators gather to enjoy polo matches and take part in elaborate and glamorous afternoons celebrating the game. More than any other sport, polo is best savored live, steeped in tradition and perpetuated by Veuve Clicquot.

    www.vcmasterspolo.co.za

    #VCMastersPolo




  • Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo is a day away!

    Posted on March 6, 2015 by Admin

    The bright, energetic colour of Veuve Clicquot is on our minds and has taken over the Val de Vie Polo Pavilion. There is so much excitement and anticipation for the Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo, which is taking place tomorrow.

    We look forward to seeing you there!

    Directions

    Click here to view directions to Val de Vie.


  • White and cream corporate fashion

    Posted on March 4, 2015 by Elsje Human

    When dressing for a corporate function you can't go wrong with a classic white and cream outfit. White on white is a fashion trend for 2015 which can be styled for all four seasons of the year, pair it with a pair of cream heels and you are ready for business.


  • Teams announced for Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo

    Posted on March 4, 2015 by Admin

    The Polo teams for the anticipated Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo event taking place this Saturday at Val de Vie Estate have been announced. It will be an enticing 12 goal game with Veuve Clicquot taking on Julius Baer, but Shimmy Beach Club vs Nigus will be kicking off the polo for the day.

    Nigus:

    Doug Lund

    Jannie Steenkamp

    Johan Du Preez

    Prince Malik

    Shimmy Beach Club:

    Chris MacKenzie

    Guy Watson

    Chris Lund

    Nicky Van Der Walt

    Julius Baer:

    Tom Du Bruin

    Johan Du Plooy

    Adamu Atta

    Fernando Munos

    Veuve Clicquot:

    Leroux Hendriks

    Richie Pohl

    George Morgan

    Rupert Hackwill

    Get your tickets

    General access tickets, priced at R850 per person, include entrance, a glass of Veuve Clicquot, food and a thrilling day of polo. General guests will be located on the sprawling grass lawn which offers the perfect space to be a polo spectator, socialize, play exciting Veuve Clicquot games and enjoy fine champagne.

    Polo-goers also have the option to purchase Veuve Clicquot Masters picnic tickets located on the northern side of the Val de Vie clubhouse for R150, allowing them to indulge in a chic picnic party on the side of the polo field.

    Both these ticket holders will have the option to visit a Veuve Clicquot bar offering champagne and non-alcoholic beverages for purchase.

    There is also a Deluxe Hospitality package (prices available on request). The deluxe hospitality suite is carefully designed and appointed for the ultimate enjoyment of not only the world-class polo tournament but also the thrilling entertainment and activities that make up this exciting annual event. With a dedicated butler and luxurious viewing lounge overlooking the polo pitch, guests will not only be delighted by the nail biting polo finale played but also enjoy the lavish food, décor and champagne on offer (as per package offer).

    All ticket options are available at Computicket. Please note that no picnic baskets may be brought in.


  • What to wear to the Veuve Clicquot Maters Polo 2015

    Posted on March 3, 2015 by Admin

    Here is some last-minute fashion inspiration for the fifth Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo, which will be held at Val de Vie on 7 March.

    Men's fashion

    Women's fashion

    Avowed as one of Cape Town’s most anticipated annual events, Veuve Clicquot Champagne proudly announces the return of the annual Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo Cape Town 2015. The event is a luxury lifestyle and polo affair drawing socialites, fashion cognoscente, celebrities and equestrian lovers.

    The Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo is a blend of fashion, the exhilarating sport of polo, fine champagne as well as Cape Town’s most elegant company. Guests are guaranteed an afternoon of audacious pleasure with a perfectly-chilled flute of champagne in hand. The riveting 10-goal polo tournament will showcase the skill of the country's top international-level players.

    As a highlight on the South African social calendar for the fifth year, this day of splendor is set to take place in the Paarl-Franschhoek valley at South Africa’s first and only wine and polo estate – Val de Vie Estate, on Saturday 7 March 2014.

    Veuve Clicquot is internationally recognized for its long association with Polo and sponsors some of the world’s leading polo events such as the UK’s Gold Cup, USA’s Manhattan Polo Classic and LA Polo Classic. Drawing inspiration from polo’s global presence, the Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo Cape Town is now one of Cape Town’s most anticipated events and the only one of its kind on the African continent.

    Fashion aficionados can look forward to a carefully curated luxury experience as they gather on the scenic estate’s clubhouse terraces to marvel at models revealing chic summer outfits.

    General access tickets, priced at R850 per person, include entrance, a glass of Veuve Clicquot, food and a thrilling day of polo. General guests will be located on the sprawling grass lawn which offers the perfect space to be a polo spectator, socialize, play exciting Veuve Clicquot games and enjoy fine champagne.

    Polo-goers also have the option to purchase Veuve Clicquot Masters picnic tickets located on the northern side of the Val de Vie clubhouse for R150, allowing them to indulge in a chic picnic party on the side of the polo field.

    Both these ticket holders will have the option to visit a Veuve Clicquot bar offering champagne and non-alcoholic beverages for purchase.

    There is also a Deluxe Hospitality package (prices available on request). The deluxe hospitality suite is carefully designed and appointed for the ultimate enjoyment of not only the world-class polo tournament but also the thrilling entertainment and activities that make up this exciting annual event. With a dedicated butler and luxurious viewing lounge overlooking the polo pitch, guests will not only be delighted by the nail biting polo finale played but also enjoy the lavish food, décor and champagne on offer (as per package offer).

    Now regarded as one of the most glamorous daytime events of the Cape Town season, guests of the Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo, will no doubt take full advantage of the opportunity to step out in traditional polo style and create unforgettable fashion-forward moments.

    Guests of the Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo are encouraged to don classic polo looks including sundresses for women and summer suits for men.

    To make transportation to and from the event as easy and safe as possible. Veuve Clicquot has teamed up with Uber to provide transportation assistance. The general access parking area is a designated Uber drop-off and pick-up location, and all new users are eligible for R200 off their first ride by using the code: VCM2015.

    This year, Shimmy Beach Club, Cape Town’s hottest venue, will host the After Party at Val de Vie from 7pm-12:00am.

    Tickets available online at Computicket www.computicket.com from 18 December 2014. For Group Bookings email vcm@vividluxury.co.za or 021 465 2312. Please visit www.vcmasterspolo.co.za for more information.

    ABOUT VEUVE CLICQUOT

    Since its creation in 1772, Veuve Clicquot played an instrumental role in establishing and evolving the champagne industry as we know it today. Located in Reims, France, Veuve Clicquot prides itself on using only the most distinct grapes reflecting Madame Clicquot’s motto “only one quality, the finest.” Now, more than 200 years later, Veuve Clicquot Champagne inspires the world to “Be Clicquot”: modern, audacious and premium quality. These values, set forth by the ground-breaking and extraordinary Madame Clicquot and maintained by generations of Clicquot drinkers, promise a remarkable experience with each sip of Veuve Clicquot Champagne. For more information, please visit www.veuve-clicquot.com.


  • Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo 2015 is around the corner!

    Posted on February 26, 2015 by Maryke

    Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo 2015 is coming up soon and we are so excited! On Saturday 7 March the estate will host this highly anticipated event, which celebrates polo, fashion and luxury living.

    Get your tickets

    General access tickets, priced at R850 per person, include entrance, a glass of Veuve Clicquot, food and a thrilling day of polo. General guests will be located on the sprawling grass lawn which offers the perfect space to be a polo spectator, socialize, play exciting Veuve Clicquot games and enjoy fine champagne.

    Polo-goers also have the option to purchase Veuve Clicquot Masters picnic tickets located on the northern side of the Val de Vie clubhouse for R150, allowing them to indulge in a chic picnic party on the side of the polo field.

    Both these ticket holders will have the option to visit a Veuve Clicquot bar offering champagne and non-alcoholic beverages for purchase.

    There is also a Deluxe Hospitality package (prices available on request). The deluxe hospitality suite is carefully designed and appointed for the ultimate enjoyment of not only the world-class polo tournament but also the thrilling entertainment and activities that make up this exciting annual event. With a dedicated butler and luxurious viewing lounge overlooking the polo pitch, guests will not only be delighted by the nail biting polo finale played but also enjoy the lavish food, décor and champagne on offer (as per package offer).

    All ticket options are available at  Computicket . Please kindly note that no picnic baskets may be brought in.


  • Spectacular Yearling Sale at Val de Vie

    Posted on February 26, 2015 by Admin

    Bloodstock South Africa’s inaugural Yearling Sale at Val de Vie Estate was concluded on Sunday 22 February when 100 year-old thoroughbreds were offered for sale in front of an enthusiastic audience in the Val de Vie Polo Pavilion.

    This followed an exciting 4 goal game of polo that starred no less than South Africa’s reigning Champion thoroughbred racehorse trainer, Justin Snaith, who dashed from the saddle to join the other 230 invited guests enjoying a sumptuous luncheon before the auction commenced just after 14h15.

    Arguably the most spectacular setting for a thoroughbred auction in the world, the Thoroughbred Breeders Association of South Africa is looking forward to expanding on the concept with the Val de Vie Events team – watch this space for more details! www.tba.co.za

    Peter Gibson, Director of Breed Affairs and PR

    All images by hamishNIVENPhotography. View more images on the Val de Vie Estate Facebook page.

    Read what the Sporting Post had to say about the day here.



  • Hold onto your hats! Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo 2015 is coming up

    Posted on February 24, 2015 by Admin

    Whether it's a Panama, Fedora, fascinator, floppy hat or just a trusty sunhat, head wear is a must for any polo event. Here is collection of beautiful  inspiration for the Veuve Clicquot Garden ticket, which will be located on our sprawling grass lawns.

    Get your tickets

    General access tickets, priced at R850 per person, include entrance, a glass of Veuve Clicquot, food and a thrilling day of polo. General guests will be located on the sprawling grass lawn which offers the perfect space to be a polo spectator, socialize, play exciting Veuve Clicquot games and enjoy fine champagne.

    Polo-goers also have the option to purchase Veuve Clicquot Masters picnic tickets located on the northern side of the Val de Vie clubhouse for R150, allowing them to indulge in a chic picnic party on the side of the polo field.

    Both these ticket holders will have the option to visit a Veuve Clicquot bar offering champagne and non-alcoholic beverages for purchase.

    There is also a Deluxe Hospitality package (prices available on request). The deluxe hospitality suite is carefully designed and appointed for the ultimate enjoyment of not only the world-class polo tournament but also the thrilling entertainment and activities that make up this exciting annual event. With a dedicated butler and luxurious viewing lounge overlooking the polo pitch, guests will not only be delighted by the nail biting polo finale played but also enjoy the lavish food, décor and champagne on offer (as per package offer).

    All ticket options are available at  Computicket. Please note that no picnic baskets may be brought in.


  • Bridal beauty

    Posted on February 24, 2015 by Elsje Oosthuizen

    Braids are still a hot hair trend in 2015, offering a unique way to style up-do's. Creative plaits can create a slightly boho style, or they can be soft and romantic. Whichever interpretation you opt for, this look is always beautifully feminine and chic.

    Incorporate fresh flowers or delicate accessories as a final touch.


  • Get your stomp on at Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo!

    Posted on February 20, 2015 by Admin

    Here’s something to look forward to. Divot stomping is a half-time tradition where spectators enjoy a festive few minutes on the field to stomp down the turf that has been torn up by the pony's hooves. It is also a great time to mingle with the polo players and roam between luxury cars.

    Get your tickets

    General access tickets, priced at R850 per person, include entrance, a glass of Veuve Clicquot, food and a thrilling day of polo. General guests will be located on the sprawling grass lawn which offers the perfect space to be a polo spectator, socialize, play exciting Veuve Clicquot games and enjoy fine champagne.

    Polo-goers also have the option to purchase Veuve Clicquot Masters picnic tickets located on the northern side of the Val de Vie clubhouse for R150, allowing them to indulge in a chic picnic party on the side of the polo field.

    Both these ticket holders will have the option to visit a Veuve Clicquot bar offering champagne and non-alcoholic beverages for purchase.

    There is also a Deluxe Hospitality package (prices available on request). The deluxe hospitality suite is carefully designed and appointed for the ultimate enjoyment of not only the world-class polo tournament but also the thrilling entertainment and activities that make up this exciting annual event. With a dedicated butler and luxurious viewing lounge overlooking the polo pitch, guests will not only be delighted by the nail biting polo finale played but also enjoy the lavish food, décor and champagne on offer (as per package offer).

    All ticket options are available at  Computicket. Please  note that no picnic baskets may be brought in.


  • So sumptuous! The picnic menu for Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo 2015

    Posted on February 20, 2015 by Admin

    Feast your eyes on the picnic menu that will be available at Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo on 7 March 2015.

    If you enjoy the Val de Vie Market, you will love this relaxed ticket option, which includes a chic picnic party on the side of the polo field.

    Ticket holders will have the option to buy these mouthwatering items and to visit a Veuve Clicquot bar offering champagne and non-alcoholic beverages for purchase.

    Tickets for the picnic cost R150.00 and are available at Computicket. Please kindly note that no picnic baskets may be brought in.

    The Menu

    Slider Duo
    R60
    Duo of mini chicken slider and mini beef slider

    Pulled Pork bun
    R65
    Buttery buns filled with shredded hoisin pork, coriander and cucumber pickle

    Buenas Nachos
    R60 vegetarian
    R75 with mince
    Taco chips topped with spicy tomato sauce, melted cheddar, chunky guacomole and sour cream

    Individually Plated Cheese Boards
    R90
    Individually plated artisan cheese boards with water biscuits, preserved figs, grapes and caramelised nuts

    Soft Serve Frozen Yoghurt
    R25
    Served in sugar cones

    Chocolate Drizzled Churros
    R25
    Light and crispy traditional Spanish doughnuts dusted in cinnamon sugar and drizzled with dark chocolate


  • Vera Wang gown at Val de Vie Estate

    Posted on February 19, 2015 by Admin

    On Valentines day, Tracy and Colin said their I do's at Val de Vie Estate. Tracy wowed the guests when she arrived in an exceptional Vera Wang gown. She later changed into a Kobus Dippenaar dress for the first dance. Photographer Abri Kruger gave us a sneak peek. We can't wait to see the rest of the photos of this Full Coordination wedding by Val de Vie Events and to share it with you!


  • Corporate events at Val de Vie: Designed to impress

    Posted on February 18, 2015 by Maryke

    Corporate events are no longer just parties; they are communication vehicles. A crucial part of this is having the right event design. This is the process of crafting environments and creating experiences to communicate an organisation’s business strategies.

    From business meetings and cocktail events to brainstorming and team building, your theme will set the tone. Here at Val de Vie we can design your event to have a consistent message across the board, right from the decor and menu to the entertainment and visuals.

    To find out more about corporate events at Val de Vie, please contact Events@valdevie.co.za or visit our Corporate Events page.


  • Sweet tempatations: The candy station

    Posted on February 17, 2015 by Simone de Wet

    Candy stations have been a trend at weddings for quite a while, but these versatile dessert options continue to be a popular choice for brides. Who can resist such a tempting array of treats? Guests can bring out their inner-child by indulging in their favourite sweets, either during or after the reception.


  • The AfrAsia Cape Wine Auction 2015

    Posted on February 16, 2015 by Admin

    The second annual Cape Wine Auction was held this Saturday at Boschendal Estate where several prestige wine estates offered a bidding lot to be auctioned off in support of winelands based educational charities. This year a staggering R10,4 million was raised up from the R7.8m from the inaugural auction.
    Val de Vie's Lot fetched a R260 000 bid! This is what our bidder won...

    Val de Vie Lot Summary

    - A once in a lifetime Polo tutorial from South African Team Captain Tom de Bruin
    - A private box for 8 people at the Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters
    - A chauffeur driven Bentley
    - Three nights for four people at Singita Lobombo or Sweni Lodge. Guests will be guided by multiple award winning guide Greg Lederle and will have a private vehicle for the duration of their stay to cater to their exclusive safari experience.
    For more info on the Cape Wine Auction: http://www.thecapewineauction.com


  • Stationery with style and sass

    Posted on February 14, 2015 by Simone de Wet

    Buttons, ribbons and gems and intricately cut details are all the rage in wedding stationery. Couples can generate excitement for their celebration by wowing guests with dazzling invitations and save-the-dates. Wrap stationery in shimmery cellophane, box it in decorative paper, tie it up with ribbon, leather rope or baker's twine, stud it with crystals or adorn it with dried flowers.


  • Savour Veuve Clicquot Champagne with these elegant pairings

    Posted on February 13, 2015 by Admin

    The Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo is taking place on 7 March 2015, and we are so excited for this super chic event!

    Veuve Clicquot Champagne wines are fond of company. Character, complexity and aromatic intensity: each of these is the perfect companion to a great many dishes. And taste is an essential element in these encounters.

    A special celebration, an impromptu party with friends, or just for the pleasure of a flute of Veuve Clicquot… these moments deserve the very best. The food is delicate and the combination is perfect… According to your mood or imagination, depending on the ingredients and the amount of time you have, there are endless combinations: from the basic to the sophisticated recipe, or for a quick snack, eaten delicately with your fingers, without fuss and at your leisure.

    For each wine, Veuve Clicquot reveals the secrets of a perfectly suited, sparkling improvisation… True art de vivre!

    VEUVE CLICQUOT ROSÉ

    Veuve Clicquot was the first champagne house to commercialise rosé champagne in 1775 and, once again, takes centre stage this year to launch its first non-vintage rosé. This fresh
    young wine is now a fully-fledged member of the champagne world after having slowly matured in our cellars as well as in the minds of our winemakers.

    Our Veuve Clicquot Rosé is the end result of a desire to create a pink champagne with a delightfully luscious, fruit-based charm. Jacques Péters, the cellarmaster, and his team wanted a champagne that would be accessible and naturally engaging while conserving Veuve Clicquot's essential values in terms of style.

    Key Ingredients

    Blini, cracker
    Duck
    Salmon
    Shrimps

    FINGER FOOD SUGGESTIONS

    Smoked Duck Breast with Banana Jamaïcan Pepper on a Cocktail Stick
    Pink Grapefruit with Fried Shrimps with Vanilla on a Cocktail Stick
    Lime Infused Crabmeat w/ Red Pepper & Coriander
    Puff Pastry with Cheese
    Dried Apricot Stuffed with Foie Gras, Flaked Almonds
    Roast Goose with Herbs and Tagliatelles
    Half Roast wild Duck with Vegetables
    Fried Salmon Fillet on Vegetables with Sesame Seeds
    Linguine with Seafood

    BRUT YELLOW LABEL

    A champagne House is eventually judged on the quality of its Brut non vintage. It is in the making of such a wine that the true Art of Champagne blending reveals itself. This is an art in which the House of Veuve Clicquot excels. Our Brut Yellow Label reflects the superb vineyards we own and the consistent nature of our House style.

    The predominance of Pinot Noir provides the structure that is so typically Clicquot, while a touch of Pinot Meunier rounds out the blend. Chardonnay adds the elegance and finesse essential in a perfectly balanced wine.

    Key Ingredients

    Tuna
    Duck
    Shrimp
    Red Fruits

    FINGER FOOD SUGGESTIONS

    Shrimp California Rolls wth Sesame Seeds
    Ahi Tuna Sashimi on Lemon Marinated Avocado w/Wasabi Aioli
    Camembert Cheese in Mini Walnut Bread
    Pastrami Tartar w/ Black Olive Tapinade
    Smoked Salmon & Herb Cream Cheese Tartlets

    RECIPE  SUGGESTIONS

    Duck with Griottes
    Salmon Tartare with Avocado and Pink Grapefruit

    Get your tickets

    General access tickets, priced at R850 per person, include entrance, a glass of Veuve Clicquot, food and a thrilling day of polo. General guests will be located on the sprawling grass lawn which offers the perfect space to be a polo spectator, socialize, play exciting Veuve Clicquot games and enjoy fine champagne.

    Polo-goers also have the option to purchase Veuve Clicquot Masters picnic tickets located on the northern side of the Val de Vie clubhouse for R150, allowing them to indulge in a chic picnic party on the side of the polo field.

    Both these ticket holders will have the option to visit a Veuve Clicquot bar offering champagne and non-alcoholic beverages for purchase.

    There is also a Deluxe Hospitality package (prices available on request). The deluxe hospitality suite is carefully designed and appointed for the ultimate enjoyment of not only the world-class polo tournament but also the thrilling entertainment and activities that make up this exciting annual event. With a dedicated butler and luxurious viewing lounge overlooking the polo pitch, guests will not only be delighted by the nail biting polo finale played but also enjoy the lavish food, décor and champagne on offer (as per package offer).

    All ticket options are available at  Computicket. Please  note that no picnic baskets may be brought in.


  • Sporting Post takes a look at the upcoming Yearling Sale

    Posted on February 11, 2015 by Admin

    Sporting Post recently spoke to Ryk Neethling about Val de Vie Estate and wrote a fantastic article about our special part of the world. The article explores the superb quality of life that the estate offers its residents, and offers information on the upcoming Yearling Sale which takes place on Sunday, 22 February 2015.

    Here's just some of what they had to say:

    "While Val de Vie is known for its polo club, one gets the sense that it is an estate that happens to have a polo club, rather than a polo club that has an estate built around it. Ryk agrees. “Probably about 8% of the residents are polo players, but we’re not a polo estate any more than we are a wine or golf estate. The equestrian aspect fits in with the sense of space and country living that the estate is all about – and seeing horses out for morning exercise or polo practice is a lot nicer than golfers walking past your house all the time.” How refreshing not to hear marketing jargon from a marketing person!"

    View the full article here.


  • Gold Medal for Val de Vie

    Posted on February 10, 2015 by Admin

    Thank you Robyn Louw from Sporting post for a great article:

    Val de Vie hosts Yearling Sale

    Given that I get to spend time with some of the best people and horses in the business and get paid for the privilege, it’s safe to say that I love my job. However, some days are just a bit more special than others.

    BSA’s brand new Cape sale rolls into town on Sunday, 22 February and is being hosted at the Val de Vie Estate in Franschoek. Estate marketing director Ryk Neethling was kind enough to make time in his schedule to talk me through the new venture.

    The racing world can be a little insular, but even I know that Ryk was part of the four man team that broke the 4 x 100m relay record at the 2004 Olympics. The fact that he’s easy on the eye is hard to miss and telling my girlfriends that I was meeting him prompted a bit of good-natured teasing. Ryk has clearly been brought up with the sort of old school values that would have my grandmother nodding approvingly and saying ‘ordentlike seun’. He is as tall and physically imposing as one might expect from an Olympic gold medallist, but the handshake and welcome are attentive and genuine.

    Of course, being on first name terms with the likes of Felix Coetzee and Piere Strydom means it takes more than a gold medal to impress me! It remains an eternal mystery how our riders can be at the top of their game for decades at a time and never achieve the recognition that other sports people do. But that’s a debate for another day. While one wouldn’t necessarily put a jockey and an Olympic swimmer in the same category, the thing all professional sports people have in common is the single-minded focus to be the best at what they do. Aristotle once said ‘We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.’ It is a habit Ryk has clearly acquired. The only difference is that the energy is no longer directed at excellence in the swimming pool, but at the management and development of Val de Vie.

    A little history of Val de Vie

    Val de Vie estate

    Val de Vie is the brainchild of Martin Venter who wanted to develop luxury real estate. He spent two years travelling the world, researching and gathering ideas before purchasing the Franschoek property in 2004. It took a further 2 years before construction started (and it is well worth seeing ‘before’ pictures of the original site to understand the scale of what has been achieved). All of which tells you that it has been planned and executed with meticulous attention to detail – right down to the lawns, which are all Cynodon dactylon, rather than the alien kikuyu which is being phased out by Nature Conservation. Ryk got involved when he was drafted in to do some advertising for Val de Vie’s first extension. He says he fell in love with it on sight and it is not a throwaway statement. He purchased a site, built a house, developed the on-site Swim School and even created his own wine label – in short, he bought into it wholesale and has become so involved with the estate that he is now one of the shareholders. He originally hails from the Free State but says, “There are few places in the world that can compare to the natural beauty of the Western Cape. Pretty much anywhere in the Cape is amazing. Benjamin Franklin said, ‘A house is not a home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as the body.’ To me that means a home is where you go to receive love and rest and is where you are able to recharge.” It is appropriate then, that the Franschoek estate is named ‘the Valley Of Life’.

    Polo at Val de Vie

    While Val de Vie is known for its polo club, one gets the sense that it is an estate that happens to have a polo club, rather than a polo club that has an estate built around it. Ryk agrees. “Probably about 8% of the residents are polo players, but we’re not a polo estate any more than we are a wine or golf estate. The equestrian aspect fits in with the sense of space and country living that the estate is all about – and seeing horses out for morning exercise or polo practice is a lot nicer than golfers walking past your house all the time.” How refreshing not to hear marketing jargon from a marketing person!

    They cater for all equestrian disciplines and the facilities include 64 stables, 2 polo fields, a 60x60m all-weather arena, paddocks, lunge rings, trotting tracks and trails all over the estate. The restaurant is gorgeous and quite imposing at first glance, but on closer inspection the leather couches are suitably battered and the tables and chairs are just the right side of rustic to make them user-friendly and inviting.

    The safest house in Africa

    Val de Vie Polo House - the 'safest house in Africa'

    Perhaps that’s what I like most about the estate as a whole. While it is pristinely smart and well-kept, it still feels lived in, unlike some, more sterile holiday developments that are only used seasonally. Ryk explains, “After the 2008 crash, the second property market just about died. This is a primary residence development. The people who buy here, do it because they actually want to live here. There’s an indoor swimming pool, on site gym, pre-school, restaurant, function facilities and clubhouse. Mountain biking is taking off as an adventure sport and we are surrounded by four different mountain ranges, there are two kilometres of Berg River for fly-fishing as well as five lakes stocked with fish. And the recent acquisition of a portion of Pearl Valley gives us access to one of the best golf courses in South Africa. It’s just a very nice outdoor lifestyle.” And it is not just appealing to locals – in 2013 Perfect China, a 51% shareholder of Perfect Wines, purchased the Le Huguenot wine cellar as well as the attached 25 ha wine farm and historic manor house. “The most important aspect is safety. You have all the benefits of space and a country lifestyle – even a wine estate – while being totally secure.” Security is key and Val de Vie’s Polo House won the accolade of the Safest House in South Africa at the 2013 International Property Awards in Dubai.

    They are just about to start on their ‘polo pads’, a section of smaller, free-standing houses, to be designed by celebrated Cape architect Stefan Antoni, but it is the latest acquisition of neighbouring Pearl Valley’s Phase II that has got Ryk particularly enthused. The new area will be developed into a series of ‘gentleman’s estates’, ranging from between 3 and 6ha each, allowing enough space for a house and a few stables. The new ‘lifestyle farm’ concept will launch in April. But I am not here to talk property.

    Val de Vie Yearling Sale

    Ryk Neethling
    Ryk is a familiar sight on big race days such as the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate and the J&B Met, so he’s not a newcomer to the racing scene. He says “Through going racing I’ve developed an appreciation for horses and what they accomplish as athletes and I know a few of the trainers.” He says he has been offered a couple of horses, but hasn’t bought one yet. So why a horse sale and why here? “Like most things, it didn’t happen all at once. We’d been talking to Susan (Rowett) about it on and off for a few years, and it’s finally all come together. We’ve got a great, very professional events team and we’re used to catering for flagship events like our Veuve Cliquot Masters Polo Tournament (coming up again on 7 March). Plus we’re a farm and an equestrian facility – it seems an obvious place for a horse sale, really.”

    Of course, polo ponies are one thing, 100 yearlings quite another, but the team have been hard at work creating a sales complex. Roads have been laid, walkways levelled, viewing areas constructed and stables erected. While stables near a restaurant and residential area are generally something of a fly trap, even this aspect has been addressed. Jenny van der Hoff from the No Fly Zone is pre-treating the area, the bedding and plant beds with efficient microbes and all the material brought onto the site will be recycled. The sales ring is being constructed in the ballroom, which is a little on the cosy side, but will keep the focus on the ‘mane’ attraction – the horse, rather than the hors d’oeuvres.

    Val de Vie restaurant terrace

    While BSA don’t generally go in for big parties and lavish entertainment, there will be a 4-goal polo match on Sunday morning and the pavilion’s restaurant and generous veranda allows ample space for lunch and refreshments. There is a strong catalogue of yearlings, with the select portion to be paraded in front of the pavilion at 13:30. Bidding gets under way at 2pm.

    It seems superfluous to say that someone who has spent his life in pursuit – and achievement – of excellence, should be impressive, but I’ll say it anyway. The well-groomed exterior is simply a ‘luxury feature’ to go on top of a very serious and determined professional, who knows what it takes to succeed. They say if you fail to plan, you plan to fail. Looking around the beautiful estate, you get the feeling Ryk never fails to plan. Much like his wine, marketed under the slogan ‘a clever wine with a great body’, it’s obvious that the concept looks good, but I have a feeling it’s going to deliver too.


  • Pretty pastel perfection

    Posted on February 10, 2015 by Maryke

    Bridesmaids dresses play a big role in reflecting your wedding's colour scheme. Pastel shades are  the first choice for many brides. These soft, romantic hues are not only elegant and beautiful, they also capture the mood of Spring and Summer.

    Think lilac, peach, mint, ivory, nude, champagne and pewter to name just a few. These soft and sweet shades are definitely top picks for outdoor weddings this year, so don’t be afraid to jump on board.


  • The new colour of Valentines Day: Beautiful burgundy

    Posted on February 10, 2015 by Elsje Oosthuizen

    Valentines Day is around the corner, so it's time to find a romantic treat for someone special (or even for yourself!). We love deep burgundy. It's a sexy, grown-up colour that speaks of romance. No wonder that it's hot trend in 2015!


  • Brush up your polo knowledge for Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo 2015

    Posted on February 10, 2015 by Admin

    Brush up your polo knowledge for the big match on 7 March!

    Polo is such a beautiful sport; it’s easy to enjoy the game without knowing the rules. Be the one with the knowledge at this year’s Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo by reading the following rules.

    The Teams

    On a full sized grass field, each team has four people

    The Ground

    The ground is 300 yards long, 160 yards wide if boarded.

    Duration of the Play

    The full game is 8 chukkas, but more often 4 or 6 chukkas are played.

    Each chukka is timed to last 7 mins, then a bell is rung, but the game goes on until the ball goes out of play, or for another 30 secs when the bell is rung again, the chukka ends where the ball is.

    The clock is stopped between the umpire's whistle to stop the play and the whistle to start play (eg.ball out of play, foul etc.)

    There are intervals of 3 mins between chukkas and 5 mins at half time.

    Ends are changed at every goal scored – to allow for equal ground and weather conditions.

    Handicaps

    Each player is handicapped from -2 up to 10 goals (the top professional players).

    Ponies

    Players return to the field after each chukka with a fresh pony.

    Despite the term, polo ponies are in fact horses. Their main qualities are speed, agility and stamina.

    Players admit that the pony can account for up to 80% of the game.

    Fouls

    The most important rule is the Line of the Ball. 'Crossing the line' is the most frequent foul in polo. The line of the ball, namely the imaginary line along which the ball travels, represents a right of way for the player following nearest that line.

    Get your tickets

    General access tickets, priced at R850 per person, include entrance, a glass of Veuve Clicquot, food and a thrilling day of polo. General guests will be located on the sprawling grass lawn which offers the perfect space to be a polo spectator, socialize, play exciting Veuve Clicquot games and enjoy fine champagne.

    Polo-goers also have the option to purchase Veuve Clicquot Masters picnic tickets located on the northern side of the Val de Vie clubhouse for R150, allowing them to indulge in a chic picnic party on the side of the polo field.

    Both these ticket holders will have the option to visit a Veuve Clicquot bar offering champagne and non-alcoholic beverages for purchase.

    There is also a Deluxe Hospitality package (prices available on request). The deluxe hospitality suite is carefully designed and appointed for the ultimate enjoyment of not only the world-class polo tournament but also the thrilling entertainment and activities that make up this exciting annual event. With a dedicated butler and luxurious viewing lounge overlooking the polo pitch, guests will not only be delighted by the nail biting polo finale played but also enjoy the lavish food, décor and champagne on offer (as per package offer).

    All ticket options are available at  Computicket. Please note that no picnic baskets or blankets may be brought in.


  • News24 chats about the Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo 2015

    Posted on February 9, 2015 by Admin

    Check out News24 to see Ryk Neethling discuss the upcoming Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters, which will take place on 7 March 2015 at Val de Vie. Polo is experiencing increasing popularity in the Western Cape and this exciting day is guaranteed to be a memorable experience.

    Get your tickets

    General access tickets, priced at R850 per person, include entrance, a glass of Veuve Clicquot, food and a thrilling day of polo. General guests will be located on the sprawling grass lawn which offers the perfect space to be a polo spectator, socialize, play exciting Veuve Clicquot games and enjoy fine champagne.

    Polo-goers also have the option to purchase Veuve Clicquot Masters picnic tickets located on the northern side of the Val de Vie clubhouse for R150, allowing them to indulge in a chic picnic party on the side of the polo field.

    Both these ticket holders will have the option to visit a Veuve Clicquot bar offering champagne and non-alcoholic beverages for purchase.

    There is also a Deluxe Hospitality package (prices available on request). The deluxe hospitality suite is carefully designed and appointed for the ultimate enjoyment of not only the world-class polo tournament but also the thrilling entertainment and activities that make up this exciting annual event. With a dedicated butler and luxurious viewing lounge overlooking the polo pitch, guests will not only be delighted by the nail biting polo finale played but also enjoy the lavish food, décor and champagne on offer (as per package offer).

    All ticket options are available at  Computicket . Please kindly note that no picnic baskets or blankets may be brought in.


  • Joshua's beautiful first birthday party at The Polo Club Restaurant

    Posted on February 6, 2015 by Admin

    Here some gorgeous photos of baby Joshua's first birthday party, held at Val de Vie on the terrace of The Polo Club Restaurant. Inecke Photography beautifully captured the celebration, which had a delightful nautical theme. Happy birthday, Joshua!









  • Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo Fashion Inspiration for the ladies

    Posted on February 6, 2015 by Admin

    Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters is for the champagne lovers, polo lovers and definitely the fashion lovers. We have selected three 2015 fashion trends that can serve as inspiration for your outfit at this glamorous event.

    Fringing

    These swinging tassels can be incorporated to any part of your outfit and will certainly add the extra detail to boost you into the best dressed final.

    All white

    White on white remains at the top of the trends list. New styling tricks include mixing textures, layering multiple pieces, and teaming various shades.

    Crop top

    There are many ways to style this look and when done right, the crop top can look chic and sophisticated without bearing too much.

    Get your tickets

    General access tickets, priced at R850 per person, include entrance, a glass of Veuve Clicquot, food and a thrilling day of polo. General guests will be located on the sprawling grass lawn which offers the perfect space to be a polo spectator, socialize, play exciting Veuve Clicquot games and enjoy fine champagne.

    Polo-goers also have the option to purchase Veuve Clicquot Masters picnic tickets located on the northern side of the Val de Vie clubhouse for R150, allowing them to indulge in a chic picnic party on the side of the polo field.

    Both these ticket holders will have the option to visit a Veuve Clicquot bar offering champagne and non-alcoholic beverages for purchase.

    There is also a Deluxe Hospitality package (prices available on request). The deluxe hospitality suite is carefully designed and appointed for the ultimate enjoyment of not only the world-class polo tournament but also the thrilling entertainment and activities that make up this exciting annual event. With a dedicated butler and luxurious viewing lounge overlooking the polo pitch, guests will not only be delighted by the nail biting polo finale played but also enjoy the lavish food, décor and champagne on offer (as per package offer).

    All ticket options are available at  Computicket. Please kindly note that no picnic baskets or blankets may be brought in.


  • Add a special touch with chic corporate gifts

    Posted on February 5, 2015 by Elsje Human

    A luxury gift adds a personal touch to any corporate event. Presenting corporate gifts to your business associates or clients creates a good impression and leaves them with a memorable keepsake from the event. Small details that take a little extra effort are always appreciated and there are so many great ideas: imported cigars, a fine whiskey, elegant stationery or even an iPhone engraving station.

    If you're planning a corporate event, look no further than Val de Vie. Our beautiful estate is an exceptional setting for any type of corporate event, from year-end functions, gala dinners, team building and conferencing to intimate business meetings, lavish cocktail parties and product launches.

    To find out more about corporate events at Val de Vie, please contact Events@valdevie.co.za or visit our Corporate Events page.


  • A wedding for all seasons

    Posted on February 3, 2015 by Soritha van Dyk

    One of the first things to consider when styling your wedding is the seasons. Winter, Spring, Summer and Autumn each have their own appeal, and offer distinctly different moods and themes. Look to nature for decor ideas and celebrate each season for what it offers.

    Autumn

    Golden hues dominate this beautiful season and mustard is a hot colour this year. Dried flowers and wreaths are great as decor items.

    Winter

    Don't let the cold creep in and opt for a rich, warm palette. Luxurious creams and deep brown make a winning combination. We love the creative use of pine cones and dried seed pods.

    Spring

    Fresh shades of green, an abundance of flowers and a new lease on life make this the most romantic of seasons. Get creative with lush foliage and budding blooms.


  • Love is in the air

    Posted on February 2, 2015 by Maryke

    February is the month of love! At Val de Vie Events we are looking forward to Valentines Day on the 14th. It's the day that all girls (and guys) enjoy being spoilt and appreciated by their loved ones. From teddy bears and flowers to dinner reservations and sun downers, many of us will be digging into our pockets to spoil someone special.

    Want to do some heartfelt and unique? Check out these cute ideas for DIY Valentines cards or learn how to make a heart-shaped cake.


  • Get ready for the Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo on 7 March 2015

    Posted on February 2, 2015 by Admin

    Next month the fifth annual Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo will be taking place at Val de Vie Estate on 7 March 2015.

    The event is a luxury lifestyle and polo affair drawing socialites, fashion cognoscente, celebrities and equestrian lovers.

    The Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo is a blend of fashion, the exhilarating sport of polo, fine champagne as well as Cape Town’s most elegant company. Guests are guaranteed an afternoon of pleasure, complete with a perfectly-chilled flute of champagne in hand. The riveting 10-goal polo tournament will showcase the skill of the country's top international-level players.

    In 2015, three ticket options have been made available. Polo-goers have the option to purchase Veuve Clicquot Masters picnic tickets located on the northern side of the Val de Vie clubhouse for R150.00, allowing them to indulge in a chic picnic party on the side of the polo field.

    Ticket holders will have the option to visit a Veuve Clicquot bar offering champagne and non-alcoholic beverages for purchase. A food station will also be available, giving you an option to choose what you would like to enjoy for lunch. The exact vendors will be introduced on the blog before the event.

    If you enjoy the Val de Vie Market, you will love this relaxed ticket option.

    All ticket options are available at  Computicket. Please kindly note that no picnic baskets or blankets may be brought in.


  • The Market at Val de Vie has everyone talking

    Posted on January 29, 2015 by Admin

    The Market at Val de Vie has become a popular family event, offering some of the region’s finest local produce in a spectacular country setting. Visitors can discover lovingly crafted goods as they enjoy sunshine, smiles and a festive atmosphere. To top it off, live music and an exciting polo match add to the fun.

    We have been delighted to read two recent reviews of the Market. Traveller24 visited the market and had this to say about the event:

    "Market fare includes home-made, hot-water-pastry pies, the kind your grandmother used to make, delicious raw juices and warm waffles. Music fills the air as you sit back with a glass of bubbly and enjoy watching polo. "

    Read the full article on Traveller24.

    Candace Whitehead from iafrica.com also paid a visit:

    "Imagine my surprise when we reached the market to the sounds of folk music and dozens of children running along the edge of the polo field. The market – which I'd already decided was going to be ridiculously overpriced (yes, I know I'm judgemental, I'm fully aware of this flaw) in fact offered a range of wonderful, affordable products – from clothing to cookery..."

    Read the full article on iafrica.com.

    To find out more about the market, please visit our website.

    Image courtesy of Traveller24


  • Spring wedding dresses

    Posted on January 26, 2015 by Soritha van Dyk

    Whatever your style may be, spring 2015 is your time to shine at your wedding! There are so many stunning trends to look forward to: bohemian, long lace sleeves, high and dramatic necklines, crop tops, airy ball gowns, the Angelina slit, sexy backs, deep V-necks and off-the-shoulder. Draw on these inspiring looks to create your own unique style.


  • New Season designer handbags from Argentina, London and Italy

    Posted on January 26, 2015 by Admin

    If there’s anything getting us excited about this year, it's the new-season designer bag drop.

    Yes, it’s that time of year where we can't help but peruse all the new arm candy on offer, and this season is looking better than ever.

    There are some gorgeous new arrivals at the Val de Vie Polo Shop. 2015 loves colour and texture with every style from saddle bags to multifunctional GABS bags (Franco Gabbrielli), which include three shapes and styles in one bag.

    So whatever it is you’re looking for to transform your wardrobe for the new season ahead, you’re guaranteed to find it in one of our must-have styles, all available to buy right now… click here to view the range.


  • Unique pops of colours

    Posted on January 23, 2015 by Admin

    Val de Vie Events Intern, Soritha, is currently studying at the Aleit Academy and loves all things event-related. Today she takes a look at adding some pops of colour to your big day.

    "When paging through you wedding album after your big day, it might seem as if too many of the photos are in black and white, and lack a bit of liveliness. It might be time to think about straying from tradition and adding a little colour to the white wedding. Including  vibrant shades into your decor or accessories will make a fun, happy statement and add an memorable element to your wedding photos."


  • Inspiring wedding phorography

    Posted on January 22, 2015 by Admin

    We are always inspired by beautiful wedding photography, so we were blown away by these images which were selected by the International Society of Professional Wedding Photographers. Every year they find the best wedding and engagement photos from around the world, so here are some  of our favourites.

    To view more winners, click here.






  • Be bold and bejeweled in 2015

    Posted on January 22, 2015 by Elsje Oosthuizen

    Gorgeous jewels in all shapes and sizes are big news in 2015. Don't be shy to adorn your outfit with bold pieces that are sure to get attention. Semi-precious stones are all the rage and look sensational when paired with gold.


  • Let’s talk business: Corporate events at Val de Vie

    Posted on January 21, 2015 by Admin

    Val de Vie Events Intern, Sonique, is currently studying at the Aleit Academy and loves all things event-related. Today she takes a look at what makes a corporate event special.

    "It's so important for corporate events to be sophisticated and memorable. After all, they are a representation of your brand and what it stands for.

    The first step to a successful corporate event is to make each guest feel welcome and special. The function is a celebration of everyone's hard work and shows appreciation for the company.

    A great way to do this is choosing the right entertainment. This will help set the mood of your event and treat your guests to something interesting and enjoyable. There are so many brilliant ideas available: classical and jazz musicians, traditional African entertainment, presenters, show bands and artists, comedians, idols, novelty acts, cabaret acts, DJs and many more. Our favourite? A sensational polo match on our lush fields, with riders sporting your corporate colours.

    Food at corporate functions is also so important. Great dishes and drinks are always a delight and will be long remembered after an event. Offer your guests a tempting selection of wine, fun cocktails or even good whiskey. From light finger food to elegant four course dinners, there are a dozen ways satisfy your guests' appetites."

    To find out more about corporate events at Val de Vie, please contact Events@valdevie.co.za or visit our Corporate Events page.


  • Jan and Christi's Wedding

    Posted on January 20, 2015 by Admin

    Jan and Christi's beautiful Val de Vie wedding was a real joy to behold: a perfect celebration of love with plenty of sunshine, smiles and gorgeous details.

    Bernard Bravenboer captured the day on camera and you can view more photos on his Facebook page.


  • Hope Through Action opens a development that's going to shape children's futures

    Posted on January 20, 2015 by Admin

    by BIZCOMMUNITY.COM

    Non-profit organisation Hope Through Action opened the Franschhoek Valley Community Sports Centre in Groendal on Thursday, 15 January. The opening was officiated by Western Cape Premier, Helen Zille together with the mayor of Stellenbosch, Conrad Sidego, and patron Philip Green.

    Young people from the surrounding community, aged six to 18, now have the opportunity to enrol for various free sporting programmes. In this way, they are included in an uplifting environment that not only contributes to their physical development but plays a meaningful role in teaching them social, communication, health and other life skills.

    This establishment aims to mirror the success that has been achieved at Hope Through Action's first community sports centre in Mbekweni, approximately 60km from Cape Town. The Mbekweni Community Sports Centre was opened in 2010 in conjunction with the Soccer World Cup held in South Africa, and continually enriches the lives of hundreds of children. The non-profit places a particular emphasis on uplifting communities that are often overlooked and are without much aid.

    The facilities in Groendal comprise a multi-purpose indoor pitch, training and meeting rooms, a resource centre, showers and kitchen facilities. It is open seven days a week and operates according to a specific class schedule. Furthermore, like the Mbekweni facilities, it includes an early learning centre which is operated by The Kusasa Project.

    The opening of the centre in Groendal was made possible through donations raised by Philip Green. A man who wears many hats, Green is additionally the chairman for Prince Harry's charity, Sentebale. Bearing testimony to Green's generosity, he was awarded a CBE (Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) in November 2014 for his philanthropic and business efforts.

    "The opening of a development that is going to shape children's futures, nurture upcoming sports stars and offer hope to a community." - Neethling

    Amongst others involved with Hope Through Action, are three familiar South African faces with big names and even bigger hearts; namely, former swimming champion, Ryk Neethling, celebrity chef, Reuben Riffel and former cricket star, Gary Kirsten. These three men not only contribute as ambassadors for the organisation but also as excellent role models to the young people of South Africa.

    Comments Ryk Neethling: "It makes me incredibly proud to be a part of an initiative of this nature and to have witnessed the opening of a development that is going to shape children's futures, nurture upcoming sports stars and offer hope to a community."

    Although Neethling is now involved on a full-time basis at Val de Vie Estate as Marketing Director, he keeps the world of sport close to his heart. Neethling continues: "I count myself fortunate to be able to see the benefits of sport being imparted to these children through these centres."

    Val de Vie Estate is also closely connected with Hope Through Action as a sponsor of its work. In addition, the estate runs a hospitality internship that trains young people from the organisation. The internship programme has seen immense success in these members being hired in the industry.

    http://www.hopethroughaction.com/


  • Rebecca and Rig's gorgeous wedding in Vogue Sposa

    Posted on January 20, 2015 by Admin

    We are thrilled to see the wedding of Rebecca and Rig in Vogue Sposa, one of the most prestigious wedding magazines in the world. The couple celebrated their special day on 10 October at Val de Vie, with photos taken by photographer Jules.


  • Go crazy for colour

    Posted on January 20, 2015 by Simone de Wet

    Start the new year with a burst of beautiful colours and creativity! All the shades of the rainbow combine to form a fun and playful palette that will put a smile on anyone's face.

    Candy colours, quirky treats and bold floral arrangements will add a festive element to any celebration. Go wild this year with your wedding planning: be don't be scared to play with a broad palette and experiment with unusual colour combinations. The joy of this look is its spontaneity and friendliness, so indulge your love for all that is happy and bright.


  • The prettiest pastels for Spring celebrations

    Posted on January 19, 2015 by Admin

    Val de Vie Events Intern, Sonique, is currently studying at the Aleit Academy and loves all things event-related. Today she takes a look at the hottest trends for Spring weddings.

    "The biggest Spring wedding trend in 2015 is definitely pretty pastel shades. Many brides have their eye on this palette. After all, having your wedding in Spring time allows you to use joyful bursts of colour, imparting a cheerful radiance to rehearsal dinners, casual receptions or romantic ceremonies. Spring weddings are full of flowers, but sometimes the smallest arrangements can make the biggest impact. A spring wedding is always a happy wedding!"


  • Planning perfection with Val de Vie Events

    Posted on January 15, 2015 by Admin

    Alan Lakin once said, “Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now.” This is the essence of why planning ahead matters. Because we live in such a fast-paced world where everything is changing so quickly, many may feel that planning ahead won’t generally work.

    Our experienced events team here at Val de Vie believe that planning ahead will help us to execute our projects, reach our goals and fulfill our vision. For our corporate events we specialize in bespoke packages that are tailored to your needs. With the spectacular Polo Pavilion as the ideal venue for functions, product launches or conferences, we will ensure that every element of your event is flawlessly executed.


  • Don't miss the Market at Val de Vie on 25 January 2015

    Posted on January 15, 2015 by Admin

    Our popular market is back on 25 January 2015 with a host of lovely things to expect:

    - Polo match starting at 10:00
    - Gerald Clark performing
    - BMW car display
    - Fun inflatable kids entertainment
    - Decor and fashion shopping
    - Delicious food
    - Pongracz MCC and Val de Vie wines

    See you there!


  • Imraan & Teneal's Wedding

    Posted on January 13, 2015 by Admin

    The amazingly talented Ryan Graham has released a few stunning shots of Imraan and Teneal's Val de Vie wedding. We are blown away and can't wait to see more!










  • Light up the sky

    Posted on January 13, 2015 by Admin

    Val de Vie Events Intern Soritha takes a look at the versatility of paper lanterns:

    Romance, elegance, magic, or bright and funky fun can be created with the use of paper lanterns at a wedding. Paper lanterns are suited for both indoor and outdoor venues, depending on the type. They are also popular additions to wedding marquees.

    Before choosing paper lanterns for your wedding, you should decide on the size, shape, color, and the type of light you want.

    Paper lanterns come in a rainbow of vibrant colors to suit your own wedding colors. There is no end to the mix and matching opportunities for your reception: string them up along the beach, or hang them from a tree in a garden wedding. Add your own lights to create a gorgeous glow. With a little time and creativity, you can find the perfect paper lanterns for your special day.


  • Marsala: The magnificent colour of 2015

    Posted on January 12, 2015 by Simone de Wet

    Marsala is the rich, elegant Pantone colour of 2015. This bold  colour is beautifully full and sumptuous. As Pantone puts it:

    "Much like the fortified wine that gives Marsala its name, this tasteful hue embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal while its grounding red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated, natural earthiness. This hearty, yet stylish tone is universally appealing and translates easily to fashion, beauty, industrial design, home furnishings and interiors."

    We think it looks particularly great when paired with muted grey tones that bring out the best in this colour.

    Get more inspiration on the Pantone website.


  • Add an exceptional touch to your event

    Posted on January 8, 2015 by Admin

    Today Val de Vie Events intern Soritha takes a look at including polo in your event:

    Looking for a unique and memorable way to entertain your guests? Keep your them captivated for 45 minutes with an action-packed polo game. While they enjoy the spectacle, the newlyweds have plenty of time for wedding photos on the estate. A polo game has a true sense of tradition and adds an exciting sense of occasion to your event.

    Val de Vie Estate is the only residential estate in Africa that offers you the opportunity to enjoy a private polo game during your wedding or function. Our team will be delighted to make this noble sport part of your celebration.


  • That special moment

    Posted on December 28, 2014 by Admin


  • It's all black and white

    Posted on December 27, 2014 by Admin

    It's nearly time for a new year and people around the world are planning their resolutions and goals for 2015. Our philosophy? Keep it simple!Simpler living is the key to a content and healthy life.

    Find balance in 2015 by cutting the clutter and focusing on the things that really matter. We love this list by Zen Habits, which is all about maintaining a happy, peaceful and organised lifestyle. For once, things are in black and white.


  • Picture-perfect prints and patterns

    Posted on December 22, 2014 by Admin

    If you go into any trendy fashion or decor store, chances are you'll see the latest craze for prints and patterns. We love this trend, which offers a great way to jazz up your look with bursts of colours and shapes. Opt for traditional African-inspired designs, or go modern with geometric prints.

    Whatever you do, don't over-clutter the look. One accent piece is enough to pull off this eye-catching style.


  • Excited about 2015!

    Posted on December 20, 2014 by Admin

    2015 is just around the corner and we think that the new year is going to be amazing! Great colour and design trends on the horizon, so the Val de Vie Events team has a feeling that 2015 will be the BEST YEAR YET! Believe it!


  • Festive fun

    Posted on December 19, 2014 by Elsje Oosthuizen

    Here in sunny South Africa we are used to celebrating Christmas in the summer heat, so why not have a decor scheme that matches the beautiful weather? Bright shades of pink, orange and yellow are a festive, cheerful combination. We love this happy look which will make all your guests smile and get into the Christmas spirit.


  • The creative talent of Jean-Pierre Uys

    Posted on December 18, 2014 by Admin

    We are delighted to be mentioned on the beautiful new website of Jean-Pierre Uys, a truly talented South African photographer who is now based in New York.

    Jean-Pierre has beautifully captured our Estate on camera in the past and now you too can have him as your photographer - he is back in South Africa between 25 March and 12 April 2015 and available to shoot your wedding. Visit his website for contact details.


  • Beachy bliss

    Posted on December 18, 2014 by Elsje Human

    South Africa boasts a long, beautiful coastline, so it's no wonder that many brides dream of a serene beach wedding. The ocean is home to so much natural beauty, making it easy to find inspiration. Shells, crisp shades of white and floaty fabrics are all elements we love, helping to create a relaxed, beachy style that your guests will love.


  • Seasons greetings from Val de Vie Events

    Posted on December 15, 2014 by Admin


  • Another successful year at Val de Vie Estate - Life worth Living!

    Posted on December 12, 2014 by Admin

    We’re exceptionally pleased to have again scooped two awards at the International Property Awards that were held in Dubai this year, on the 3rd and 4th of December. The Polo House, an impressive residential property overlooking the Pavilion Polo Field, was awarded the title of Safest House in Africa, and our most recently launched property development, Polo Village took the award for Best Development Marketing in the World.

    Sponsored by Rolls-Royce, the awards ceremony is a glamorous event which has seen 21 years of success and global acclaim. Furthermore paying tribute to the standard of excellence that we continuously uphold at Val de Vie, Polo Village was also nominated for Best Multiple Unit Development, as well as Best Website.

    This recognition not only highlights what has already been achieved by Val de Vie thus far, but makes us even more excited about the developments that are yet to come in the near future, including Polo Village.

    As it stands, we have also seen significant growth in terms of overall property sales, with our own record-breaking figures, at 83% more than total turnover, year-to-date. We are proud to see continued demand, as many South Africans relocate from various provinces, especially from Gauteng, to Val de Vie.

    Bearing in mind these accomplishments and positive trends, we look forward to many more accolades as we strive towards great heights in the international property arena, whilst keeping our eyes fixed on our core values.

    For further information on Polo Village, visit www.valdeviepolovillage.com


    and was tagged with Polo House

  • Ryk se huis is die veiligste in die land - Val de Vie wéér bekroon

    Posted on December 12, 2014 by janette

    Deur Elma Kloppers  Vrydag 05 Desember 2014 12:10 vm.

    Ryk Neethling voor The Polo House in Val de Vie naby Franschhoek. Dis as die veiligste huis in Suid-Afrika aangewys.

    Die veiligste huis in die land is in die bekroonde Val de Vie-polo-en-wynlandgoed in die Paarl-Franschhoek-vallei.

    Die landgoed se statige The Polo House het met die louere weggestap op vanjaar se internasionale eiendomsprysuitdeling in Dubai en staan ook die kans om die kategorie vir die veiligste huis ter wêreld in te palm.

    In 2013 is dit as die beste huis in Afrika aangewys.

    Dié huis, wat voorheen aan die swemlegende Ryk Neethling behoort het, is tans in die besit van ’n internasionale ­polospeler wat tussen agt en tien weke per jaar in die land deurbring.

    Neethling, bemarkingsdirekteur van Val de Vie en ook ’n aandeelhouer, sê die prys is goeie nuus vir eiendomsverkope, veral vir toekomstige ontwikkelings by Val de Vie.

    Hy sê sekuriteit is die grootste trekpleister vir nuwe kopers. “Hoewel Val de Vie ’n baanbreker aan die sekuriteitsfront is, gebeur alles agter die skerms en maak dit nie inbreuk op inwoners se daaglikse lewe nie.”

    Die landgoed spog met hipermoderne sekuriteit, onder meer kringtelevisiekameras, veiligheidswagte op die perseel, ’n elektriese heining, ­biometriese toegangsbeheerstelsels en 43 infrarooikameras.

    Neethling sê dié kameras is so doeltreffend dit het selfs ’n oortreder wat op die buurplaas in ’n dam geskuil het, opgespoor.

    Die Polo Huis het ’n alarmstelsel, rookalarms en noodknoppies. Daar is kragopwekkers wat die sekuriteitstelsels paraat hou tydens kragonderbrekings.


  • The Western Province Triathlon Championships 2014

    Posted on December 11, 2014 by Admin

    The Western Province Triathlon Champs took place at Val de Vie on 7 December. We were thrilled to host this event and would like congratulate all who took part.

    A special thanks to Chris Hitchcock for all the beautiful photos. View more at photosport.co.za or at Brett Nattrass Photography.

    Click here to see the results from the day.


  • Lucky numbers

    Posted on December 11, 2014 by Admin

    Today Val de Vie Events intern Soritha discusses how table numbers have become a major component of wedding decor.

    Table number cards are an essential element in a wedding reception. In addition to centrepieces, place-settings, floral arrangements and other table décor, table numbers have become décor pieces in their own right. Apart from having a practical décor function, they offer brides the opportunity to be creative. From twine and wire to chalkboards and books, there are so many charming DIY ideas for your big day.


  • Cintron Pink Polo 2014: The video

    Posted on December 9, 2014 by Admin

    The Cintron Pink Polo powered by Vodacom set the stage for the polo season in stylish affair that is only to be expected by Val de Vie Estate. Here's a video that showcases how enjoyable the event was, we can't wait for next year!


  • The new black tie

    Posted on December 9, 2014 by Elsje Human

    Let black tie take on new life with slick, modern styling. Sharp tailoring, sexy lighting and contemporary dining add a dashing new element to a formal event. Don't be scared to be edgy and innovate - it'll leave an impression and make the occasion really stand out.


  • Safest Home in Africa - The Polo House wins award at the International Property Awards in Dubai

    Posted on December 9, 2014 by Admin

    Val de Vie Estate flies the flag for SA at the annual International Property Awards

    Val de Vie Estate is proud to announce that it has won the [Safest House (Polo House)/ Best Multiple Unit Development (Polo Village)/Best Marketing (Polo Village)/Best Website (Polo Village)]  award at this year’s prestigious International Property Awards in Dubai. Hosted in various locations around the globe each year, the awards are open to residential and commercial candidates and honour outstanding achievements in the property and real-estate industry. Val de Vie was also nominated for [Safest House (Polo House)/ Best Multiple Unit Development (Polo Village)/Best Marketing (Polo Village)/Best Website (Polo Village)], and has previously claimed awards in 2013 for Best Leisure Development in South Africa (Val de Vie Estate), Best Single Unit Development in South Africa (Polo House) and Best Single Unit Development in Africa (Polo House).

    Comments Val de Vie Marketing Director, Ryk Neethling: “We are extremely proud of our accomplishments thus far, and believe that Val de Vie will continue to draw folk who wish to live in a community that fosters family values, wellness and environmental integrity. We are honoured to have won again at the IPA and are excited about the future of Polo Village and the other developments at the estate.”

    The estate is ideal for families, as it is not only situated in one of the safer areas in the Cape, but it also sports several play parks, a restaurant, picnic areas, catch and release fishing zones, extensive equestrian facilities including two polo fields and an on-site preschool for little ones. There are a number of excellent schools in the area, and with the Western Cape being one of the leading provinces in terms of matric pass rates and tertiary qualifications, many South African families are migrating to the region. The province has further been ranked by the South African Institute of Government Auditors (SAIGA) as the best governed for 2012 and 2013, and the average standard of living in the province is comparatively high.

    Val de Vie Estate, which was established in 2004 by entrepreneur Martin Venter, offers state-of-the-art security for its residents. Biometric access, electric fencing, CCTV, on-site patrols and 40 thermal IP cameras that cover the entire perimeter contribute to the overall safety of the premises.  Stringent traffic measures, such as speed bumps, traffic signs and cameras, have been installed in order to promote the safety of residents – particularly children who may be playing in the area. Lending to the leisure aspect of the estate, is a fully-equipped gym, a 25 metre heated indoor swimming pool, a tennis court and other top class amenities. Furthermore, privacy is a fundamental element of the development, so on average there are only two homes per hectare, and the estate has been designed in such a way that it can host a variety of events without compromising the privacy of residents. Polo Village consists of three categories of residence: the Polo Pad Studio Apartments (68 m²), the Ambrosia Suites (96 m²) and the Hurlingham Suites (112 m²).

    Val de Vie Estate can be contacted telephonically on +27 (0) 21 863 6101; or by email on property@valdevie.co.za. Alternatively, visit www.valdeviepolovillage.com for more information.


    and was tagged with Polo House, Val de Vie Estate, Safest House in Africa, Ryk Neethling, International Property Awards

  • AfrAsia Bank Cape Wine Auction announces a phenomenal line-up of lots for 2015

    Posted on December 9, 2014 by Admin

    Val de Vie Estate is proud to be part of the The AfrAsia Bank Cape Wine Auction, the incredible fundraising initiative that raised an astounding R7.045 million for education in the South African winelands at its inaugural 2014 event.  There will be 34 phenomenal Auction lots for the 2015 event which is taking place on Saturday 14th February at Boschendal Estate.


    2015 Auction Lots

    These once-in-a-lifetime Auction lots, generously donated by the Auction Ambassadors, include extremely rare local and international wine collections, gourmet dinners with world renowned chefs, exceptional art pieces, international travel to exotic locations, exclusive private weekend parties, luxury cruises and access to the inner sanctum of the South African wine industry. These opportunities come along only once, for one Auction, and then are not repeated.

    The 34 live Auction lots can be viewed at www.thecapewineauction.com/the-lots/. And the glossy 2015 Auction catalogue is available for download from the website, and will be available in print on 15 December for distribution by Auction Partner DHL Express.

    The 2015 Auction: Evening of Friday 13th and Afternoon of Saturday 14th February 2015

    The glamorous 2-day affair will launch on the evening of Friday 13th February 2015 with The American Express Cape Wine Auction ‘Barrel Tasting & Preview’ hosted at The Dylan Lewis Sculpture Garden in Stellenbosch. For the first time ever guests will have access to this paradise and embark on a wine and food journey under the vast African sky with a backdrop of natural fynbos and magnificent sculpture.

    The grand lunch-time 2015 Auction event at Boschendal Estate, taking place on Saturday 14thFebruary 2015, promises to be another extraordinary day of generosity and glamour. An exquisite Feast, prepared by Relais & Châteaux Grand Chef, Peter Tempelhoff, and Christiaan Campbell, Executive Chef at Boschendal Estate, will be accompanied by some of the greatest hand-selected South African wines, poured only from large format bottles and served in Riedel glassware.

    Prominent wine aficionados and philanthropists from around the globe will be hosted by the Auction Ambassadors, headed up by the Auction’s Honorary Chairs for 2015, John and Erica Platter, the founders of the iconic Platter’s wine guide, flag bearer for the SA wine industry and one of the world’s leading authorities on wine. When the astonishing line-up of Auction lots come under the hammer of auctioneer, Iain Banner, guests will be invited to dig deep in their pockets to make a serious difference, to raise significant funds to benefit education in the South African winelands. All Auction proceeds will be overseen by Strauss & Co fine art auctioneers. Dan Nicholl will be Master of Ceremonies on the big day.

    Headline sponsor - AfrAsia Bank

    For the second consecutive year, AfrAsia Bank is the Auction’s headline sponsor. “By always upholding Nelson Mandela’s belief that ‘Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world’, and our own principle ‘More than just bankers, we are partners’, we aim to create, through The AfrAsia Bank Cape Wine Auction, the kind of partnerships that will make a difference in the lives of so many South African children,” comments James Benoit, CEO of AfrAsia Bank.

    The AfrAsia Bank Cape Wine Auction Charity Beneficiaries

    This global showcase of South African wines is committed to changing people’s lives through the powerful tool of education. Charity beneficiaries to date include the Pebbles Project, the MAD Charity, the Click Foundation as well as 10 other charities, all of which are focused on education in the winelands from many different angles: from infant development through to technological innovation and tertiary educational endowments.

    The Cape Wine Auction Trust and PricewaterhouseCoopers

    Governed by a board of Trustees and audited by PricewaterhouseCoopers, The AfrAsia Bank Cape Wine Auction maintains complete transparency and ensures the sustainability of the projects it supports. The Cape Wine Auction Trust is made up of a board of five individuals who bring a broad spectrum of business experience to the Trust. Industry heavy-weights Michael Jordaan, Ken Kinsey-Quick, Wendy Appelbaum, Siobhan Thompson and Michael Ratcliffe are all experts in their own fields and are united by a common philanthropic goal. They guide the allocation and the channelling of funds and ensure that all funds raised by the Auction are made available in their entirety for charitable purposes, without offset or deduction. 

    Auction Partners and Ambassadors

    The AfrAsia Bank Cape Wine Auction is proud to be associated with an outstanding group of Partners and Ambassadors, committed to this noble cause, who have made their time and resources available to turn this dream into a reality.  Game changers like Sir Richard Branson,  Ryk Neethling and many more of the Auction Partners and Ambassadors are listed on the website.

    Tickets and online bidding

    Ticket allocations are by invitation only or through the designated Auction Ambassadors. With only 350 tickets available, not everyone will have the ability to attend. The AfrAsia Bank Cape Wine Auction online bidding facility, using a sophisticated system from New York and launching on 15thJanuary 2015, will be the key to The Afrasia Bank Cape Wine Auction creating a new high-water mark for a charitable fundraiser. Anyone in the world will be able to place online bids, in their own currency, in the weeks leading up to the Auction, and then via telephone on the big day.

    For more information

    Website: www.thecapewineauction.com/

    Auction Director: Jessica Henrich

    Email: jess@thecapewineauction.com

    Mobile: +27 83 469 2975

    Facebook: www.facebook.com/thecapewineauction

    Twitter: www.twitter.com/capewineauction

    Google+: www.google.com/+thecapewineauction


  • Val de Vie Events gives great advice in the Wedding Album

    Posted on December 8, 2014 by Admin

    Simone de Wet, the Managing Director of Val de Vie Events, recently gave some invaluable wedding planning advice in the Wedding Album. Be sure to get your copy and enjoy her amazing tips!


  • Framing the experience

    Posted on December 8, 2014 by Admin

    Today Events Intern Soritha chats about the versatility of frames in wedding decor:

    Forget about the old traditional function of a photo frame! Be inspired by some of our fun and exciting DIY ideas and start creating your own table numbers, menu cards and invitations out of frames. They also work well as a creative photo booth accessory.


  • Don't miss the Market at Val de Vie this Sunday

    Posted on December 5, 2014 by Admin

    Be sure to come to the final Market at Val de Vie this Sunday! Expect plenty of fun family activities, live polo, delicious foods, beautiful goodies for sale and lots of sunshine. The WP Triathlon Champs will also be taking place and adding to the excitement.


  • Get creative at Corporate Events

    Posted on December 2, 2014 by Elsje Oosthuizen

    Corporate events are the ideal opportunity to impress your guests and clients with something original and memorable.

    A recent events at Val de Vie saw quirky hats being used as props for a photobooth, offering a lighthearted and fun angle to the occasion. Each guest also received an elegant book about polo and wine; the perfect way to remind them of an enjoyable day at the estate.


  • Dreaming of a gold Christmas

    Posted on December 1, 2014 by Simone de Wet

    Christmas is coming so it's time to adorn your home with some festive touches. All around the world people are putting up Christmas trees, filling up their advent calendars or sending cards to loved ones.

    Red and green are popular traditional colours for this season, but we're loving the trend for black and gold. It's a very sophisticated and grown-up take on Christmas decor. Gold adds a fun feeling of sparkle and celebration, while black brings in a sense of elegance.


  • The Market at Val de Vie makes news again

    Posted on November 26, 2014 by Admin

    Indwe (SA Express) Magazine recently featured the Market at Val de Vie, highlighting what a lovely occasion it is for all who attend. The market offers a delightful mix of fine foods, beautiful goods and entertainment, with gorgeous countryside scenery perfecting the atmosphere.

    Don't miss the next market which takes place on 7 December 2014.


  • The polo-inspired office

    Posted on November 25, 2014 by Admin

    Events intern Maryke Hennop takes a look at polo-inspired office decor:

    "Every business man or woman needs an elegant office space to get their work done. For those working at Val de Vie  Estate, a polo-inspired office space is the way to go. This chic style fits in perfectly with Val de Vie's ambiance. You too can incorporate the polo look into your office: dark leather, equestrian-related accessories, crisp linen and classic furniture styles combine beautifully to complete the theme."


  • It's cocktail party time!

    Posted on November 24, 2014 by Elsje Human

    A classic cocktail party is always a popular way to celebrate the end of the year. It's the perfect opportunity to socialise, mingle and relax while enjoying a drink or two.

    Serve several different types of hors d'oeuvres to treat guests to a variety of flavours. We also like to offer a mix of cocktails to add some fun - imagine a mimosa station where guests can create their own combinations.

    Val de Vie is a stunning setting for your corporate cocktail function, contact us at events@valdevie.co.za for more information about what we can do for you.


  • Classic perfection

    Posted on November 21, 2014 by Elsje Human

    The definition of classic in something which is "judged over a period of time to be of the highest quality and outstanding of its kind."

    Certain styles certainly fulfill these criteria and create a timeless, classic look for your wedding. A perfectly tailored suit, real French lace, crystal glassware and crisp white always look gorgeous and classy.


  • Natural beauty

    Posted on November 20, 2014 by Elsje Human

    Sometimes the most simple things can be the most beautiful. We love this clean, natural look that celebrates the beauty in basics: a twig of rosemary becomes an embellishment, a simple olive branch becomes table decor, a plain ribbon and leaf become stunning cake decorations.

    This style is elegant, timeless and budget-friendly, what's not to adore?


  • Premier Magazine showcases the Market at Val de Vie

    Posted on November 18, 2014 by Admin

    Held on the Polo Pavilion’s terraces, the Market at Val de Vie boasts  some of the region’s finest local produce in a spectacular country setting. Premier Magazine recently featured the market in its pages, be sure to read the full overview here.

    Visitors can discover lovingly crafted goods as they enjoy sunshine, smiles and a festive atmosphere.

    Irresistible food stands present a variety of delicious homemade fare, ranging from oysters, pies and gourmet delicacies to decadent sweet treats. There's no shortage of refreshment either, with seven drink stations selling wines, bubbly, local beers and fresh juices.

    Beautiful clothes, jewellery and homeware are also on sale, lovingly made by specially selected vendors from accross the winelands. Apart from the all the tempting goods on offer, there's something for everyone at the market. Patrons are entertained by an exciting game of polo while enjoying a glass of Pongracz and live music. Children are treated to a variety of fun activities with new surprises at every Market.

    If you'd like more information about the market, please email events@valdevie.co.za.

    MARKET DATES

    The Market at Val de Vie is held between 10AM and 3PM.

    • 7 December 2014 – Sunday Christmas Market with Polo
    • 25 January 2015 – Sunday Market with Polo
    • 29 March 2015 - Sunday Market with Polo

    • The Market at Val de Vie in Tuis magazine

      Posted on November 14, 2014 by Admin

      The Market at Val de Vie is taking place this Sunday. As Tuis magazine suggests, it's the perfect chance to enjoy delicious foods, beautiful wares and an exciting polo match. See you there!


    • Discover the Market at Val de Vie

      Posted on November 14, 2014 by Admin

      The Market at Val de Vie is taking place this Sunday. It's a must-attend event that offers something for the whole family. Tshepang Molisana takes a look at what it's all about:

      “There are few things that are more enjoyable in life than good wine, good food and good wine and conversation,” Peter Finlayson conspired a few weeks ago.

      Although we were seated at a table of friends convened by Janie van der Spuy on a Tuesday afternoon in Kloof Street, those sentiments are just as compelling on a Sunday afternoon in Paarl.

      On November 16, the Val de Vie Market makes its monthly return. Few things are more enjoyable than Sunday afternoons in the company of good friends, while enjoying good food and wine – and often a spot of Sunday morning Polo at the Val de Vie Market.

      It’s the comfort of knowing that the jumping castle, pony rides and face painting is only a few steps away from the rest of the family’s restful pleasure.

      Local artisans, craftspeople and wine and food enthusiasts converge on the Polo Pavilion. Whether one enjoys a PIMMS Cocktail – prepared with flair by the POLO CLUB Restaurant and Bar, or puts a of Pongracz Brut Rose NV on ice, the view is always incredibly nice.

      The Simonsberg Mountain Range provides a perfect backdrop to the polo fields. Often, the ‘Say Cheese’ artisan cheeses from the Karoo are not the only reason to smile and take a photo. The polo pavillion’s picturesque backdrop lends itself to a beautiful outdoor shopping experience. Clothing and accessories from love.try.buy and other traders are as contemporary and made with love as the heart shaped bread boards from The Vineyard Collection.

      The Market is an invitation to relax while enjoying good music as the week draws to a close. Often it’s the chilled bottles of Val de Vie Sauvignon Blanc that signal the height of a Sunday at the Val de Vie Market.

      Because it isn’t a conspiracy, it’s a delicious and undeniable fact – there are food things that are more enjoyable than good food, good wine and good conversation.


    • Chanel and Garth's wedding

      Posted on November 13, 2014 by Admin

      Chanel and Garth held their beautiful wedding at Val de Vie Estate. The day was a true celebration of love and happiness, and we just love Chanel's dress by Magda Grove. Wishing the newlyweds much joy in their lives together!

      Photography by Cheryl McEwan.


    • Val de Vie Events attends CDB Pink Polo in Dubai

      Posted on November 13, 2014 by Admin

      The Pink Polo SA team, Val de Vie Events and Edith Unlimited were invited to ADCB Pink Polo in Dubai. It was a very special experience to attend this wonderful event, which was held on 7 November 2014.

      Similar to Cintron Pink Polo, ADCB Pink Polo is an event dedicated to raising awareness about breast cancer in the UAE. In the last year 5 years; ADCB Pink Polo campaign succeeded to raise the awareness about breast cancer across the UAE has gone stronger and stronger. It is organised by Ghantoot Racing & Polo Club and held under the patronage of His Highness SheikhFalah Bin Zayed Al Nahya.

      It was a real pleasure to experience the event and we hope to return again another year.


    • Rose gold romance

      Posted on November 12, 2014 by Admin

      Events intern Maryke Hennop takes a look at rose gold, a hot trend for this season:

      "This year is all about the emergence of rose gold. It's not just as an accent colour, but also a great option for wedding jewelry. I’m already a huge fan of rose gold jewelry and this year more brides will be choosing this pretty and flattering shade for their wedding and engagement rings. It's something a little different."


    • Top Billing gets a polo lesson from SA's best!

      Posted on November 12, 2014 by Admin

      Who better to get a polo lesson from than SA Polo Captain, Tom de Bruin and fellow springbok player Leroux Hendriks.

      Nico Panagio visits Val de Vie Estate to take a swing at polo!

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      Tom de Bruin
      Springbok captain and polo player Tom de Bruin:

      Known on the polo circuit as "Moose," Tom started his polo career in 1994 on the family farm in Swartberg, East Griqualand. Having tasted success representing SA Schools, Tom's professional career kicked off in 2007, playing in the winning team in the SA Open with Seven Oaks. He has gone on to play professional polo in the England along with many other countries, notably being part of squad of teams including Black Bears, Zacara and El Remanso. Tom represented SA in the 2012 Coronation Cup also in the Snow Polo World Cup in China. He is a power house for South African Polo.

      Le Roux Hendriks
      Springbok polo player Leroux Hendriks:

      Leroux Hendriks started his polo career at the age of 18 at Jurassic Park Polo club in Swartberg, South-Africa. This talented 28-year-old player has a handicap of 5 and has built his career abroad, playing in England, Italy, France, Argentina, USA, Mexico, Barbados, China, India and Africa. Leroux , known as Jimmy Hendrix to many in polo, played in the young South-African team 2007,  defeating the England team in England. He has carried on to represent South-Africa on numerous occasions, and participated in the Snow Polo World cup for SA on two occasions. "Jimmy" has reached success abroad winning tournaments including the Italian snow polo gold cup, Indian Vodafone cup,  Uk Cirencester County Cup and the Uk Cowdray Holden White Cup ; to mention a few. He is a versatile player, with great skill in both attack and defence.


    • Bringing life into corporate functions

      Posted on November 12, 2014 by Admin

      Val de Vie Events intern Soritha takes a look at jazzing up your corporate event:

      Tired of following the same old fashioned corporate event logistics? Why not incorporate some amazing entertainment aspects into your event? This is guaranteed to make it more memorable and something that your clients will be speaking about long after.

      There are so many brilliant ideas available: classical and jazz musicians, traditional African entertainment, presenters, show bands and artists, comedians, idols, novelty acts, cabaret acts, DJs and many more. Our favourite? A sensational polo match on our lush fields, with riders sporting your corporate colours.


    • Julian and Jean-Mari's wedding video

      Posted on November 10, 2014 by Admin

      Julian and Jean-Mari wedding preview, Val de Vie Paarl - 23 August 2014 from Boland Weddings on Vimeo.

      Here's the preview video of Julian and Jean-Mari's wedding that was held at Val de Vie. Filmed by Boland Weddings, it's a gorgeous portrayal of the day.


    • Suzanne and Simon's wedding

      Posted on November 10, 2014 by Admin

      Suzanne and Simon celebrated their wedding at Val de Vie in September and it was a real pleasure to host this special couple.

      Here's what Simon had to say about the stunning day in the latest issue of Grapevine magazine:

      “As the cliche goes: "it was the best day of our lives." For not one second did it fall any bit short of that. The guests came from near and far to a picturesque Val de Vie Estate in Paarl to celebrate a very special day. The guests were seated by Matt Mills, our minister, as everyone one waited in anticipation before they saw the most beautiful looking bride you can imagine. Our closest friends, our beautiful bridesmaids and handsome groomsmen accompanied us as we stood next to one another at the altar. Matt gave a moving and very real ceremony illustrating the importance of appreciation and commitment.

      As high school sweethearts we said our vows under a flawless blue sky and a gentle breeze. The deep and meaningful vows were solidified with a kiss and the King and Botha family were joined. Friends and family scattered the green lawns and there wasn't a face left grin-less or a champagne glass left empty! The night saw a jam packed dance floor with endless trays of delectable milk tart shooters and midnight snacks. It was definitely a night to remember.

      the love shared between the two of us is something which is almost impossible to sum up in words. From the very young age of 15, we have grown, lived, dreamt and loved together. It is the exceptional bond, enthusiasm for life,laughter as well as mutual value of family and friends that blessed us to join our hearts and lives. we closed the ceremony with " as i give you my hand to hold, so i give you my life to keep" and it is with these words vows that we have now stepped into our journey of married life. forever.

      Special thanks to Val de Vie Events for the seamless coordination, Nico Laubscher for the beautiful decor, Gemma Eyre for the make-up, Kobus Dippenaar for the exquisite wedding dress and to the super talented Claire Thomson for capturing all the treasured moments.”


    • Appreciation for Cintron Pink Polo 2014

      Posted on November 7, 2014 by Admin

      Here is some fantastic feedback about Cintron Pink Polo 2014, compiled by  Tshepang Molisana.

      Elton Holland (Founder and Director of the Ikon Property Group):

      If this helps to raise funds for a good cause then you can have faith that these women have our full support

      Nhlanhla Ngwenya:

      It’s always amazing when events and the media raise awareness about Breast Cancer, it’s so important to get people talking, you never know who hears these messages and whose lives are positively impacted

      Sianna Ari Wu and Craig McBek:

      Sianna’s mom is a breast cancer survivor. The reality is that the recovery process takes many years, even once your health recovers, after you lose your hair and your body changes, it takes so much to recover your self-esteem. It’s so important to be able to rely on the support of your family and your loved ones, and that we raise awareness for both men and women in all societies, in order to create better networks of support.

      Jerry Mperdempes (Ikon Property Group Commercial Property Broker):

      My mother in law had breast cancer, and she gave it horns! She had such a great attitude, it was such an inspiration. When something like this happens to you – as these things do – it’s important to be courageous and to continue to be brave.

      Oscar Foulkes:

      It’s amazing to be part of an initiative that does such good.

      Dr. Susanne Reuther (Director of the Wings Group of Companies, KitchenAid):

      My grandmother died after a long battle with breast cancer and my best friend battled breast cancer for three years and survived. Medicine has changed so much – and that’s why I’m so happy to be here and to help raise awareness. Being diagnosed with breast cancer does not necessarily always result in death, nor does it only affect older women. It’s important for all women to get checked and to take care of their health, if we raise awareness, there are so many women who can be aware of the tell-tell signs in time and live.

      Natasha Mabuto:

      I’m young, I’ve never had Breast Cancer, nor has anyone that I know had it, so it’s difficult for me to relate. But I can relate to difficulty, and we can all relate to ill-health and suffering, so it’s necessary to extend empathy and help where we can.

      Kofi Quist:

      I’m from Ghana and it’s wonderful to be here at Val de Vie supporting the strong women who fight breast cancer. Women are strong!

      Tammy Cameron:

      I have a friend who was diagnosed at 30 – Breast Cancer affects even the very young, and this is something that people should all be aware of. It’s important to take care of your breast health and get checked and not to give up, stay strong. I know quite a few people, we’re even hosting a fundraiser for a colleague at the end of the month. It affects so many people, you cannot comprehend the immensity and seriousness of the disease.

      Denzil Jacobs:

      Breast cancer has affected friends of mine. It’s so important to celebrate these women and to embrace their families, who are part of each step along these journeys, for me, this is the key word – ‘family’.

      Aubrey (@DinnerwithAubs):

      We need to remember that people have triumphed – which is difficult to do when something like this is happening to you. And this is such a personal thing, but what we need to remember is to support one another, that’s what we need – ‘support’.

      Andre Lammers:

      Val de Vie is such a beautiful location and Breast Cancer is such an important cause – I’m so glad to be here, I’ve had family who have died from cancer and I realised that the most important thing is to have the support of your loved ones. Hold onto one another and support one another, because life is such a gift.

      Lucas Adams:

      My father had cancer, all I can say is it’s challenging and all you can do is support people.

      Robert Tena Jnr.:

      It’s quite a scary experience, I can imagine, as a woman when this happens to you. But all people have experienced loss or pain in some way, we all have that in common. So we should do what we can to help and support one another.

      Joelle Kayembe:

      My sister and I participate in a Breast Cancer Awareness run in London every year, and I was sad that we couldn’t make it this year, so when I was asked to participate in the Jenni Button Fashion Show at the Cintron Pink Polo I was so grateful for the opportunity. I think it’s so important to keep the conversation going every year, to raise awareness for women’s health issues and to do what we can, whenever we can. This is a disease that affects all women and it’s beautiful that we create this network of support.

      Emmanuelle Favre-Felix (Marketing and Communications, Julius Baer Foundation):

      Breast Cancer means a lot to me – my grandmother had breast cancer. Prevention is the cure, in my eyes, I encourage all women to take care of their health and get checked, especially once you turn thirty, take care of yourself.

      Marie Chin (Sporting Horse Magazine):

      I personally get checked every year. It’s always wonderful to be at Val de Vie, but today is special because we’re raising awareness, and that’s an important thing to do.

      Julia Rixon:

      My son, Kevin, is playing in the tournament today, and we’re so proud. I’m selecting the best pony today, and we all love to be involved, it’s wonderful. I love this event (the Cintron Pink Polo) because it gives people hope. I’ve been working at St Luke’s Hospice for many years and it is obviously so difficult to be with people at the end-stage of their lives. People are so courageous and amazing and it really is so important to remember that these days Breast Cancer is not the end, there can be hope. The facilities are amazing, and I want everyone to remember to be courageous, and to have hope.


    • The Market at Val de Vie brings family fun

      Posted on November 6, 2014 by Admin


    • The perfect wedding

      Posted on November 4, 2014 by Admin

      This month Val de Vie is preparing its brides and grooms to leave with unforgettable memories. “Perfect” is the word in every brides vocabulary when it comes their wedding day, and that is exactly what Val de Vie offers: a perfect wedding.

      Each wedding is planned with passion and vision, so that each couple's special day is the beginning of their happily ever after.

      By Val de Vie Events Intern, Sonique.


    • Shapeshifter: How Ryk Neethling became a businessman (and turned down R50m along the way)

      Posted on October 31, 2014 by Admin

      Cape Talk Radio's business boffin, Bruce Whitfield, talks to our Marketing Director, Ryk Neethling about his journey from sportsman to businessman.  And that 50 million ...

      LISTEN TO THEIR CHAT ON CAPE TALK 702

      “My father’s name is also ‘Ryk’. We’re a bunch of optimists,” jokes Olympic gold medallist turned property developer Ryk Neethling.

      Ryk Neethling wasn’t always “ryk” (literally meaning “rich” in Afrikaans). “It was never my ambition to become a professional swimmer. All I ever wanted was to go to the Olympics and, when I went to my first one, I wanted to win a medal. I dreamt of swimming and studying in America.”

      All that changed in 2004. Ryk was soon to become very, very “ryk” indeed.

      Neethling’s soul not for sale

      “It was going to be my last Olympics. I quit once already and 2004 was going to be my last shot.” Then, in three minutes and 13 seconds, he smashed the world record and everything changed. There was to be no quitting for Neethling.

      “I had nothing before that,” says Neethling. “I received $250 a month from four businessmen – that was the only support I had – so I had $1000 a month. I did it purely for the love of it and for myself. I put it all on the line and did it to the best of ability.”

      His best was more than enough. Agents and sponsors burst from the woodwork, yet Neethling was not dazzled by dollar signs. In 2005 he was offered R50-million to swim for Qatar, an offer he turned down.

      “I was at my peak and the South African flag on my swimsuit and on my cap made the difference between where I used to be and where I was,” says the patriotic Neethling. “I was never going to give that up.”

      Property in Neethling’s blood

      Property has always been in Neethling’s blood. He did a realtor certificate in Arizona and nowadays he’s a director and major shareholder at Valde Vie Estate, a big polo lifestyle estate just outside of Paarl in the Western Cape.

      “It’s going really well at Val de Vie. Last year we had 130 sales and we’re pretty much sold out.”

      Neethling is also bottling his own wine under the Val de Vie label and recently did a huge export deal to China. “The wine business in South Africa is tough – there are so many big players – but it’s a very good wine and so far it’s worked for us.”

      In addition to real estate and wine Neethling also owns four swimming academies. “It’s a nice little business and it feels really good to give back. But, for me, it’s more about seeing a kid swimming a length for the first time than seeing one of my swimmers win a gold medal.”

      Neethling is Cameron van der Burgh’s commercial manager. “I get him sponsorships and I mentor him. I’ve been through it all, so I give him advice on how to act and where to go and what not to do. He makes me very nervous when he does things like face Dale Steyn at the Wanderers, but it’s mostly a pleasure to be his manager.”

      Western Cape increasingly attractive to upcountry buyers

      “You should see some of the homes that are selling here in Cape Town!” exclaims Neethling. “It’s astonishing. Our market can easily shake off rising interest rates, so we’re looking to develop quite a bit more land. Everything is working for us.

      “Here in the Western Cape we don’t have potholes and people are coming down here in droves. More than half our buyers come from Gauteng and we don’t foresee this changing.

      “It’s looking very good in the Western Cape; things work. It’s a recipe of good schools, it’s safe and in about four hours you can be in Sandton and you can do your business. I am very excited about our future.”

      Listen to the Soundcloud clip for more detail.


    • The Cintron Pink Polo Powered by Vodacom kicks off the Polo Season in Style at Val de Vie Estate

      Posted on October 30, 2014 by Admin

      Pretty pastels and a medley of pink shades were the order of the day this past Saturday, as local and international guests attended the fifth annual Cintron Pink Polo powered by Vodacom - one of the most anticipated events in the Western Cape’s social and Polo Calendar – at the famed Val de Vie Estate. Guests of this annual equestrian fundraiser for the Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA), fittingly during breast cancer awareness month, enjoyed a glorious afternoon of riveting polo, up to the minute fashion, and mouthwatering Cintron cocktails on the lawns of this country’s only Wine & Polo Estate.

      Funds raised by the Cintron Pink Polo, which is brought to you by Val de Vie Events and Edith Unlimited, will be used to assist women with their practical and medical needs in their fight and recovery from this disease. CANSA plans to set up mobile breast checks from 6 - 13 November in Stellenbosch, Paarl and Wellington and encourage women to get themselves tested. They also provide free transportation for patients that need to go to the clinics and hospitals for checkups, treatments and follow up appointments. Funds will also be utilized to purchase temporary breast-prosthesis for women who had a mastectomy.

      Cancer fighter Rachelle Barioli, winner of the Cintron Pink Polo VIP experience competition in association with KFM, enjoyed a VIP experience and was hosted by the Marketing Director of Val de Vie, Ryk Neethling and event organizer Edith Venter. Rachelle and her husband were treated to a VIP experience that included a chauffeured drive with Aston Martin and a make-up session with Sisley.  Rachelle also enjoyed front row seats to the Jenni Button fashion show and was given the opportunity to open the polo game.

      Polo, considered the sport of kings, had all eyes fixed on the game played on the day. The two polo team sponsors, Cintron and Gaggenau, put on a world-class polo match forward, featuring Springbok players Tom de Bruin and Le Roux Hendriks. During the half time break in the polo match, everyone was invited to stomp the divots and enjoy the Aston Martin motor show on the field. Team Cintron walked away with the trophy with a riveting 6 -5 score

      Guest’s celebrated the start of the polo season with Cintron the event’s headline sponsor, and Vodacom, joined by Julius Baer, the leading Swiss private banking group, as the official banking partner. Gaggenau was the event’s sub sponsor for the third year running.

      With notable celebrities and VIPs in attendance such as Melinda Bam, Ayanda Tini, Amy Kleinhans-Kurd, Kia Johnson, Tracy Lange, and Natalie Becker amongst others, guests were treated to an afternoon of stylish décor, perfectly chilled Pongracz MCC, Val de Vie Wines and gourmet canapés.

      Aston Martin was the official vehicle partner at this year’s event. Showcasing their flagship luxury performance automobile, this luxury British car manufacturer stole the show with their bestial looking cars parked side by side.

      Jenni Button, the official fashion partner for the day showcased their latest ready to wear designs in the official fashion show, on the polo fields. Jenni Button is designed for an international woman who demands quality, style and sex appeal.

      Keeping everyone updated on social media, South Africa’s leading network Vodacom was there encouraging guest to upload their selfies and tweet their pictures to #Cintronpinkpolo and #VodacomCPP.

      Drawing inspiration from the fashion element of the polo Elle magazine awarded prizes to the Best Dressed at the end of the afternoon.

      Sisley and GHD kept guests of the event beautified all day long. With touch-up stations and their team of expert makeup artists and hair stylists, guests were treated to a truly prestigious beauty experience. Also featured next to the beauty stations was a Polo World pop up store full of polo gear for all the polo lovers. Guests mingled well beyond sunset in what was considered the best Pink Polo event yet.


    • Thank you for making Cintron Pink Polo 2014 a success

      Posted on October 27, 2014 by Admin

      Val de Vie would like to thank all who attended  Cintron Pink Polo on Saturday. The event was a spectacular success and helped to raise awareness about breast cancer, while also treating guests to polo, pampering treats and a beautiful day in the countryside.

      Here are some shots from the day, which we are so thrilled to have been a part of.





    • Willa and Bronson's Spring wedding

      Posted on October 20, 2014 by Admin

      Here's a flashback to the gorgeous Springtime wedding of Willa and Bronson. With so many fresh, beautiful flowers in bloom at Val de Vie, we really love this time of year.

      Video by FJS Productions.


    • KFM's amazing Cintron Pink Polo competition

      Posted on October 20, 2014 by Admin

      We are so happy for the winner of an amazing Cintron Pink Polo competition held by KFM! Cancer fighter Rochelle has won a day of pampering at Cintron Pink Polo next weekend and we salute her amazing attitude of positivity.

      After being collected by Aston Martin, Rochelle will have her hair and make-up done by a professional team. After that, it's time to meet Ryk Neethling, drive with the head sponsor onto the polo field where the polo match will be opened. Later she will have photos taken with the winning team and the chance to meet springbok polo players and much more.

      Congrats Rochelle and we wish you much health and happiness.

      Listen to the inteview here!


    • Cintron extends the Pink Polo sponsorship by releasing App that supports cancer awareness

      Posted on October 16, 2014 by Admin

      Cintron to donate R10 for every Pink Selfie submitted by App!

      Cintron World, an international beverage company with a line of flavored energy drinks called Cintron Premium Energy, is excited to announce it is launching a new mobile App called CintronSelfie. As a company, Cintron World prides itself on finding new and innovative ways to build its brands, reach its customers and drive its sales. Cintron World also believes in social responsibility and giving back to the communities where its products are marketed. Cintron is extending its commitment during the Pink Polo Event to support breast cancer awareness with an App that generates donations to The Cancer Association of South Africa.

      CintronSelfie will first be launched in South Africa on October 25th, where Cintron World is the headline sponsor of the prestigious polo event, “Cintron Pink Polo.” Cintron World has established a strategic relationship with the luxurious Val de Vie Estate, where the polo event is taking place. This annual event, in its 5th year, raises funds for The Cancer Association of South Africa in awareness for breast cancer. Funds raised by Cintron Pink Polo will be used to assist women throughout South Africa with their practical and medical needs in their fight and recovery from this disease.

      After downloading the CintronSelfie App via www.CintronSelfie.com, supporters can take a Pink Selfie with their favorite Cintron flavored drink, hashtag it #CintronPinkPolo and upload it to the Cintron World Facebook page. Each Cintron fan that uploads a picture enters to win the Cintron Pink Selfie Contest, and the winner will receive a spa treat at the Twelve Apostles and R5000. In addition, for each Pink Selfie uploaded, Cintron will donate R10 to the Cancer Association of South Africa. The CintronSelfie App is an innovative way to create a win-win for all: enjoy Cintron Pink Polo, take a Cintron Pink Selfie, stand a chance to win a Spa Treat, and fight breast cancer.

      Cintron World is more than just a beverage company; it’s a lifestyle. This is why Cintron is excited to be the headline sponsor of Pink Polo and launch the CintronSelfie App.

      Buy tickets!

      Celebrate by securing your #CintronPinkPolo powered by Vodacom tickets. Visit our website for more information, or check out the event's Facebook page.

      CintronSelfie Ts&Cs

      No Purchase Necessary. Must be 18 years of age or older to enter. Standard text messaging rates may apply. For more info and official rules, visit www.cintronselfie.com



    • Spring into trend this season

      Posted on October 16, 2014 by Admin

      Events intern Sonique chats about trends this Spring:

      "Spring trend is all about pairing soft pastels with vivid brights to create a colorful and happy balance.

      Say goodbye to minimalism. This spring, colour and embellishment will rule."


    • Gaggenau: Uncompromising, Extraordinary and Authentic

      Posted on October 14, 2014 by Admin

      We are proud to have Gaggenau on board as a sponsor for Cintron Pink Polo 2014. Gaggenau is second to none and rewards its customers with real superiority through extraordinary performance and uncompromising attitude.

      About Gaggenau

      Uncompromising – We develop professional-grade household appliances that exceed even the highest expectations. With our household appliances, you can be rest assured you have exactly what you need for a professional cooking experience.

      Extraordinary – Our driving force is extraordinary performance and when you address true connoisseurs as we do, extraordinary performance is crucial. Our appliances are built with considerable reserves, so there is no danger of pushing them beyond their limits. We’ve developed the skill of turning valuable ingredients into valuable moments.

      Authentic – Only by using pure, authentic materials can we embody the authentic Gaggenau style. This means upholding our manufacturing traditions, even when it comes to new innovations. It is these materials that make our exclusivity tangible and original.

      Buy tickets!

      Celebrate by securing your #CintronPinkPolo powered by Vodacom tickets. Visit our website for more information, or check out the event's Facebook page.


    • Worry less, care more and have faith this October

      Posted on October 13, 2014 by Admin

      Events intern Sonique chats about why October is such a special month at Val de Vie:

      “When we embrace uncertainty, it can be very liberating. If you can accept the uncertainty, it allows you to live life every day."

      Supporting and donating to breast cancer organisations will help to save a life! Breast cancer survivors are the people we should look up to. They had to fight a battle they did not choose and survived it.

      October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so we encourage you to show your support by attending our highly anticipated Cintron Pink Polo event. Held on 25 October 2014,this fabulous day of fashion, polo and indulgence helps to create awareness and to support the work of CANSA.

      Be sure to buy your #CintronPinkPolo powered by Vodacom tickets. Visit our website for more information, or check out the event's Facebook page.


    • The acclaimed couture of Jenni Button

      Posted on October 13, 2014 by Admin

      Jenni Button is synonymous for power suiting and acclaimed couture, and continues to celebrate women. Producing four Ready-to-Wear and Couture Collections a year, with 12 stores countrywide and a couture studio – Jenni Button epitomizes the essential feminine and powerful women of South Africa.

      Warrick Gautier, artistic director for 15 years, lived in Paris being exposed to legendary fashion names Marc Jacobs at Louis Vuitton, and Karl Lagerveld at Chloe.
      Gautier’s influenced by art and architecture, this season it being impressionist painter Edgar Degas and his adoration for feminine form, movement, and application of colour palette on the canvas.

      Gautier refines femininity into a range exuding a control and decadence in the boardroom and boudoir. The range is powerful and glamorous, with high octane sexuality. Caressing laces, overt sheer fabrics, together with refined beadwork and strong tailoring creates a blend of romance and modernity.

      We can't wait to see the showcase of Jenni Button's dazzling designs at Cintron Pink Polo, which takes place on 25 October 2014.

      Buy tickets to Cintron Pink Polo

      Buy your #CintronPinkPolo powered by Vodacom tickets now: Visit our website for more information, or check out the event's Facebook page.


    • Val de Vie Estate: The ultimate venue

      Posted on October 13, 2014 by Admin


    • Welcome Maryke and Sonique

      Posted on October 13, 2014 by Admin

      The Val de Vie Events team is so excited to welcome Maryke and Sonique to the estate for a two-month internship.

      These talented ladies are studying at the Aleit Academy and we are delighted to have them on board. We can't wait to show them the wonderful world of event coordination and to be inspired by their own ideas!


    • Julius Baer: The official banking partner of Cintron Pink Polo 2014

      Posted on October 13, 2014 by Admin

      Julius Baer is the official banking partner of Cintron Pink Polo 2014, powered by Vodacom. This leading Swiss private banking group has a focus on servicing and advising sophisticated private clients and a premium brand in global wealth management.

      Julius Baer’s total client assets amounted to CHF 372 billion at the end of June 2014, including CHF 274 billion of assets under management. Bank Julius Baer & Co. Ltd., the renowned Swiss private bank with origins dating back to 1890, is the principal operating company of Julius Baer Group Ltd., whose shares are listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange (ticker symbol: BAER) and form part of the Swiss Market Index (SMI), comprising the 20 largest and most liquid Swiss stocks.

      Julius Baer is currently in the final phase of integrating Merrill Lynch’s International Wealth Management business outside the US. This will increase the Group’s presence to more than 25 countries and 50 locations. Headquartered in Zurich, we have offices in key locations including Dubai, Frankfurt, Geneva, Hong Kong, London, Lugano, Monaco, Montevideo, Moscow, Singapore and Tokyo.

      For more information visit their website at www.juliusbaer.com

      Buy tickets to Cintron Pink Polo

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    • Corporate events: Let’s talk business

      Posted on October 11, 2014 by Admin

      Events intern Maryke looks at hot ideas for corporate events:

      Do you have all the right elements for your corporate event? Gift bags? Drinks? Amazing entertainment?

      Gift bags can be a funky element to your corporate event. There are so many great options: personalised insulated wine carriers, business card holders, personalised carbon fiber pens and much more!

      Drinks can range from wine and good whiskey to classic cocktails. Whatever you do, focus on quality.

      When it comes to entertainment, classical music is always a safe choice, as well as jazz or traditional African music. The music should add to the atmosphere but no overpower it.


    • Be inspired this October

      Posted on October 10, 2014 by Admin

      Events intern Maryke chats about why October is such a special month at Val de Vie:

      “Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations.”

      October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and we're passionate about helping those who have been affected by this disease. Our highly anticipated Cintron Pink Polo event, which is held on 25 October 2014, will help to create awareness and to support the work of CANSA.

      Be sure to buy your #CintronPinkPolo powered by Vodacom tickets. Visit our website for more information, or check out the event's Facebook page.


    • What's on trend this Spring

      Posted on October 9, 2014 by Admin

      Events intern Maryke brings us up to speed with the latest trends for Spring:

      Spring is here and vibrant flower designs are taking over fashion and decor this month. Pastels and a medley of pink shades are seen almost everywhere. Anything from pink macaroons to rosy-hued accessories will dominate this spring.

      #SPRINGTREND2014


    • Cintron Pink Polo is all about polo chic

      Posted on October 9, 2014 by Admin

      Here's some stunning style inspiration from last year's Pink Polo event. The dress code for the upcoming Cintron Pink Polo event is Polo Chic, which is a celebration of the elegant fashion and sense of style that accompanies the sport.

      Whether you prefer a chic, laid back look or tailored suits and gorgeous gowns, this is fun day out for everyone, all in the name of a good cause.

      We can't wait to see what you will wear, so don't forget to buy your #CintronPinkPolo powered by Vodacom tickets. Visit our website for more information, or check out the event's Facebook page.


    • Sisley adds more beauty to Cintron Pink Polo

      Posted on October 8, 2014 by Admin

      We are delighted to have Sisley as our beauty sponsor for the upcoming Cintron Pink Polo event on 25 October 2014. Sisley offers cutting-edge products in skin care, makeup and perfume, using  aromatherapy and phytotherapy in its production techniques.

      Phytocosmetology involves using natural plant extracts in beauty products. Sisley creates the highest quality products by selecting only the best plant species in each category, carefully determining the most effective part of each plant for the desired treatment, choosing the country or region that produces the best quality plant and harvesting when its active ingredients will be most effective.

      The Sisley laboratories use a methodical and rigorous process, which may last several years, to research the best dosages and synergies offering the most global solution to a given concern and hence develop effective, highly comprehensive formulas. Only at the end of this long process and once its effectiveness has been proven, will a product be marketed.

      Black Rose Cream Mask

      An instant youth and beauty boost combining three actions to restore a luminous complexion and skin that appears redensified, in only 15 minutes.

      Black Rose Precious Face Oil

      A silky-smooth dry oil that prepares and nourishes with anti-ageing benefits. A precious and beneficial skin care treatment, to help restore comfort, suppleness, vitality and renewed vibrancy to dry or dehydrated skin.

      Buy tickets now!

      Experience the quality of Sisley products at Cintron Pink Polo and buy tickets now: Visit our website for more information, or check out the event's Facebook page.

      Find out more about Sisley on their website.


    • Wedding Celebration

      Posted on October 8, 2014 by Admin

      Events intern Maryke has some fab wedding tips for us today, inspired by the beautiful season of Spring:

      "Its time for spring! What's new in the wedding spring season? With so many flowers in season during the spring months, your options are nearly endless when it comes to your bridal bouquet. Bold, warm tones are particularly popular this season.

      A garden is a perfect location for a springtime wedding — flowers are blooming all around you, the grass has never looked greener, and the slight breeze in the air will keep your guests cool. Want to add some visual interest? Many couples bring indoor elements out, such as by hanging gorgeous chandeliers."


    • Cintron: The luxury energy drink of choice

      Posted on October 8, 2014 by Admin

      Val de Vie Estate is thrilled to have Cintron on board as our headline sponsor for Cintron Pink Polo. This sophisticated premium energy drink and luxury lifestyle brand is all about style, sophistication and living the good life.

      Cintron values luxury, class and good taste. High-class polo events are the perfect place for all the prestigous guests to enjoy a high-goal tournament, drink Cintron, and experience the Cintron lifestyle. Cintron sponsors Polo Tournaments all around the world.

      Unlike other energy drinks, Cintron was crafted from natural flavors, real fruit, all natural ingredients, and enough energy to get you through your busy days and even busier nights. In short, Cintron doesn’t just fit your lifestyle, it defines it.

      Buy tickets to Cintron Pink Polo

      Buy your #CintronPinkPolo powered by Vodacom tickets now: Visit our website for more information, or check out the event's Facebook page.

      Follow Cintron on social media:

      Facebook | Twitter | Youtube | Pinterest


    • Val de Vie Events is in My Wedding Day magazine!

      Posted on October 7, 2014 by Admin

      We are so excited that Val de Vie Events is featured in the latest issue of My Wedding Day magazine! The magazine takes a look at Tanya and Kasper's wedding which was held at La Residence in Franschhoek and coordinated by Val de Vie Events Full Coordination in October 2013.

      We would like to wish a very happy one year anniversary to this special couple, and we wish them much love and happiness in their future together. Be sure to buy your issue of My Wedding Day to read the full article.



    • Get your heels ready for divot stomping at Cintron Pink Polo!

      Posted on October 7, 2014 by Admin

      Did you know the polo field at Val de Vie Estate is 274 meters (300 yards) long and 146 meters (160 yards) wide if boarded?

      Get your heels ready for divot stomping at #CintronPinkPolo on 25 October 2014!

      Buy your #CintronPinkPolo powered by Vodacom tickets now: Visit our website for more information, or check out the event's Facebook page.


    • Simone and Nick's wedding video

      Posted on October 7, 2014 by Admin

      Mr & Mrs Rixon from Someday Films on Vimeo.

      Simone and Nick held their wedding at Val de Vie on 8 March 2014. Val de Vie Full Coordination was delighted to have planned this special day, which has been beautifully captured on video by Someday Films.

      The beautiful outdoor ceremony took place in the French Quad, which boasts magnificent views of the polo fields and surrounding mountains.

      An intimate reception followed in the Polo Club Restaurant. Crisp, elegant decor set the tone, and after a sumptuous dinner guests were keen to join the newlyweds on the dance floor.


    • Ooh lala, it's Cocktail Caviar!

      Posted on October 6, 2014 by Admin

      Now here's something both delicious and gorgeous to look at! Stunning cocktails will be served at Cintron Pink Polo containing cocktail caviar.

      Conceptualised Thirst bar Services and Pongracz, this exciting concept is based on molecular mixology and will be served at Cintron Pink Polo. A mixture is solidified into a jelly state, capturing the flavours in a small caviar like ball.

      Once the caviar is placed into the drink, it slowly capture the bubbles which allows it to rise to the surface, offering you a small burst of flavour with every sip,  without overpowering the taste of the drink being consumed. Delectable flavours such as hot plum, almond and cassi.

      Be sure to buy your #CintronPinkPolo powered by Vodacom tickets. Visit our website for more information, or check out the event's Facebook page.


    • Aston Martin adds a new level of luxury to Cintron Pink Polo

      Posted on October 6, 2014 by Admin

      Val de Vie Events and Edith Unlimited are delighted to have Aston Martin on board as a sponsor for Cintron Pink Polo.

      The new Aston Matin V8 Vantage N430 is a dazzling masterpiece of engineering. Here's what Aston Martin has to say about this exciting new vehicle:

      "Inspired by our rich racing pedigree, N430 is the most dramatic expression of the Aston Martin V8 Vantage ever created. We took the beauty, dynamics and athleticism of our iconic sports car and produced a unique and compelling special edition across five unique exterior specifications.

      Building on the legacy of the acclaimed N400 and N420 special editions, V8 Vantage N430 delivers excitement and intense performance with a thrilling club sport ethos."

      New models in the pipeline are the Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Roadster and Aston Martin Vanquish Carbon Edition.

      Aston Martin has two dealerships in South Africa: one in Cape Town at the V&A Waterfront, and in Sandton, Johannesburg.

      Visit the Aston Martin website for more information, or follow them on social media:

      Twitter: @astonmartinsa
      Facebook: Aston Martin South Africa
      Instagram: astonmartinsa


    • ghd joins in the fight against Cancer

      Posted on October 3, 2014 by Admin

      It‘s that time of the year again where ghd joins in the fight against Cancer, the 2014 limited edition V Coral styler from the Bird of Paradise collection can make any hair seem like it’s about to hit the catwalk.

      “ghd is proud to be supporting CANSA for the 8th year with contributions from their third edition from the birds of paradise collection. R1 683 400 has been raised by ghd for CANSA in South Africa through sales of the coveted pink ghd stylers,” says ghd marketing and education manager, Landi Le Roux.

      ghd will be at Cintron Pink Polo this year and we are thrilled to have this amazing brand as part of the event.


    • Expect decadent delights at Cintron Pink Polo

      Posted on October 3, 2014 by Admin

      The menu planning of the Cintron Pink Polo high tea is in progress and we are so excited about all the deliciously decadent ideas we have for the event!

      Don't miss out - be sure to buy your #CintronPinkPolo powered by Vodacom tickets. Visit our website for more information, or check out the event's Facebook page.


    • Julian & Jean-Mari's Wedding

      Posted on October 2, 2014 by Nadia Valentyn

      Julian & Jean-Mari were blessed with perfect weather on their wedding, which was held on 23 August 2014.

      They said their “I do’s” in front of 175 guests. After this special moment, they started the celebrations with an amazing ambiance set by a lively band, as well as scrumptious canapes and beverages from the Polo Club Restaurant.

      The Ballroom provided an elegant setting for the speeches and dancing, which continued late into the night. This chic venue was a feast of gold for the eyes, with the talented El le Fleur creating the beautiful décor.

      A huge thank you to Celeste from Aglow Photography who captured their day perfectly.

      Julian and Jean-Mari : you are two amazing individuals but even better together! We wish you only the best for your lives together!





    • Great Weather for the Market at Val de Vie!

      Posted on October 2, 2014 by janette

      Look forward to some great weather this weekend!

      Spend your Sunday morning with us at the Market and enjoy live music by Newton & Co. while the kids have some fun on the Jumping Castle, in Petting Zoo and decorate cookies.
      5 OCTOBER 2014

      10am to 3pm
      Remember Entrance is FREE!


    • Keep on trend with ELLE Magazine

      Posted on October 1, 2014 by Admin

      For the latest in fashion and what's happening,  get the October issue of ELLE Magazine. With our own Charlize Theron on the cover, this issue is packed with trend inspiration and design savvy. Catch ELLE at Cintron Pink Polo too - they are the proud print partners for this must-attend event.


    • Happy October! It's nearly time for Cintron Pink Polo

      Posted on October 1, 2014 by Admin

      Happy 1st of October! This month is very close to our hearts  not only because it marks the  beginning of the polo season, but also because it's  breast cancer awareness month.

      Celebrate by securing your #CintronPinkPolo powered by Vodacom tickets. Visit our website for more information, or check out the event's Facebook page.


    • The Polo life

      Posted on September 30, 2014 by Simone de Wet

      The fashion world has long been inspired by polo and the elegance of equestrian sports. In our opinion, there are some accessories and items which should be an essential part of everyone's wardrobe and lifestyle.  Firstly, we could never do without a chic pair of leather riding boots, which look amazing when paired with skinny jeans.

      For travelling, a classic duffel bag is a must. Spacious, practical yet stylish, you'll use it again and again.

      Lastly, a statement leather couch or chair should feature in any lounge or study. Whether curling up with a good book or enjoying a glass of wine, a comfy chair will become your favourite place to relax after a busy day.


    • Nadia and Wayde's Wedding

      Posted on September 30, 2014 by Admin

      Nadia and Wayde's beautiful wedding was held in February at Val de Vie. As these photos by Jean-Pierre Photography show, the day was filled with love, smiles, a riveting polo match and a gorgeous reception. We wish this lovely couple a wonderful future together!
















    • Be bold, be bright

      Posted on September 29, 2014 by Simone de Wet

      Can't decide on a colour combination for your wedding event? Why not just have a happy medley of several bright shades! This is a strong, vibrant look, perfect for a Summer wedding. We love the festive, cheerful effect; this is a true celebration of colour in all its beauty.


    • Add some sunshine to your day

      Posted on September 27, 2014 by Iza Slabbert

      Maybe it's all the bright flowers, butterflies and blue skies, or perhaps it's the warm weather that makes everyone smile, but Spring has got us all colour crazy. Bright pinks, yellows and blues make a happy palette which celebrates this gorgeous time of year. Go on - add a burst of colour to your wardrobe or decor scheme and feel the bliss of beautiful Springtime.


    • Angela and Dino's Wedding

      Posted on September 26, 2014 by Nadia Valentyn

      Angela and Dino's Wedding was held at Val de Vie and we are just enthralled by their gorgeous wedding photos. The day was all about love, romance and celebrating the bond between this special couple.

      Photography by Yvette Gilbert.


























    • Gentle beauty

      Posted on September 26, 2014 by Simone de Wet

      "Let there be nothing within thee that is not very beautiful and very gentle, and there will be nothing without thee that is not beautiful and softened by the spell of thy presence."
      James Allen

      A soft, gentle palette can be wonderfully dreamy and romantic. Mauve, slate, pale green and soft silver weave together to form a soothing and blissful harmony of colours.


    • Refined and elegant: Polo-inspired fashion

      Posted on September 25, 2014 by Simone de Wet

      Polo has to be the most elegant of sports. The refined, sophisticated nature of the game has inspired many designers in their conception of masculine clothing. Impeccably tailored, shirts and suits, navy, crisp white and only the finest cotton form part of the look, completed by rich leather and classic accessories such as tie clips and cufflinks.


    • Love is in the air

      Posted on September 25, 2014 by Iza Slabbert

      Happy Monday! Spring is here and it's the season of romance, love and new beginnings. Call us hopeless romantics, but we can't get enough of this beautiful time of year.


    • Be on trend in turquoise

      Posted on September 24, 2014 by Simone de Wet

      Turquoise is a trendy colour that continues to make waves in wedding decor. Lively, fresh, playful and dreamy are just a few words that describe this fabulous shade.

      Because it has both warm and cool undertones, turquoise can work with just about every other colour, particularly pinks, reds, gold and chocolate brown.

      If you love turquoise but don't want to overwhelm your decor scheme, opt for turquoise accents that pop out. Banting, floral arrangements and bold centre pieces can work together to create a layered effect.


    • Cintron Pink Polo isn't just 'horsing around'

      Posted on September 23, 2014 by janette

      By Tshepang Molisana

      Manhattan has the Veuve Clicuot Manhattan Polo Classic.

      Durban plays host to The July.

      Windsor Great Park is home to the Royal Ascot.
      Dubai plays host to the Julius Baer Beach Polo Tournament.
      This October, Paarl will play host to the Cintron Pink Polo at Val de Vie.
      Equestrian events run tantivy globally. Perhaps it’s because, as Alice Walker wrote: “horses make landscapes look beautiful”. Perhaps it’s because equestrian sports speak a language of their own. Maybe it’s the beauty of participating in a spectator sport that combines both human and equine agility, speed and strength.  Or, maybe it’s because horses provide more than just a great workout. Charlotte Casiraghi, Grace Kelly’s granddaughter, recently told Vogue that, for her, staying in shape is an added bonus, but she rides horses out of love.
      Outdoor Polo, in particular, provides several challenges to both horses and their riders.  The potential injuries – to both horse and rider – are as painful as they are varied. It has been called ‘The Sport of Kings’ and it’s not just because landing underneath a spooked horse can be a royal pain. Two teams of four players each use a mallet to hit a ball between goal posts while mounted on horseback.  It’s like trying to hit a hockey ball, while trying to maintain your balance on a galloping horse – but trickier.
      The twist – for both rider and spectator, is the horse’s unpredictable beauty. Polo ponies’ temperaments are almost as crucial as their speed and manoeuvrability.  It’s like trying to convince your girlfriend to join the boys for drinks – she’s either the life of the party, or the reason your team will struggle through the night.  Each polo game consists of four to eight 7 minute long chukkas. Players switch between ponies either during chukkas, in the four minute long breaks between or during the ten-minute long halftime. At the end of each chukka, play continues for an additional 30 seconds or until a stoppage in play, whichever comes first. Play is continuous and stoppage only comes into play for penalties, broken tack or injury to horse or player.
      While spectators at exhibition matches are usually a delight to look at – their shoes usually prove to be more than simply decorative. Spectators are often invited to stomp divots after a game. Divots are the little patches of grass that stick up after the thunderous rush of hooves and mallets has kicked up more than just a little dust.  Exhibition matches are fun, festive and full of flair. The horses prance in their introductory parade and the fashion is almost as entertaining as the sport itself.

      On October 25, the Cintron Pink Polo powered by Vodacom, coordinated/owned by Val de Vie Events and Edith Unlimited will be pink and white themed.  October is Breast Cancer awareness month, and proceeds raised will go towards CANSA (Cancer Association of South Africa).  Guests are encouraged to wear pink or white, and will garner inspiration from Jenni Button.

      Polo involves more than simply ‘horsing around’; it is, after all, the Sport of Kings.

      Hurry tantivy to www.computicket.com for tickets to #CintronPinkPolo.

      Date: 25 October 2014

      Time: 14h00 – 19h00

      Ticket sales: Computicket – limited amount – R500 per person


    • Pink and gold never gets old!

      Posted on September 23, 2014 by Simone de Wet

      What's not to love about pink and gold? This gorgeous combination has been a popular choice for weddings and it's no surprise why. Romantic, feminine and modern, the look combines the whimsical fun of pink with the sassy allure of gold. Incorporate sparkly accents, shimmery finishes and ornate detailing to create a real wow factor.


    • What you need to know about Cintron Pink Polo 2014

      Posted on September 23, 2014 by Admin


    • Your invitation to Cintron Pink Polo!

      Posted on September 23, 2014 by Admin


    • Classic and cool in navy blue

      Posted on September 22, 2014 by Nadia Valentyn

      How can we not love navy? This cool, timeless colour is effortlessly cool and elegant, expecially when paired with crisp white.


    • Primêre kopers slaan nou kitaar in huismark

      Posted on September 16, 2014 by Admin

      Deur
      Elma Kloppers

      Dit lyk of spekulatiewe huiskopers grootliks uit die eiendomsmark geklim het, sê Ryk Neethling, bemarkingsdirekteur van die bekroonde polo-en-wynlandgoed Val de Vie in die Paarl-Franschhoek-vallei.

      Verreweg die meeste van die verkope op Val de Vie die afgelope jaar was aan kopers wat op die landgoed wil woon, sê Neethling, wat ook daar ’n aandeelhouer is. Ook byna al die verkope, waar die pryse van die erwe van R3,2 miljoen tot R3,5 miljoen gewissel het, was kontant-transaksies. “Altesame 95% van ons kopers koop vir primêre doeleindes, terwyl sowat 5% deur buitelanders gekoop word,” sê hy.

      Tussen Januarie en Augustus vanjaar is huise met ’n totale waarde van sowat R125,4 miljoen en erwe met ’n totale waarde van sowat R88,4 miljoen oorgedra. Dit is 18,36% hoër as in die ooreenstemmende tydperk verlede jaar.

      Val de Vie het 320 voltooide huise, en ’n verdere 85 is in aanbou.

      “Dit is asof mense begin agterkom watter versteekte juweel die Paarl-Franschhoek-vallei is en dat die pryse vergeleke met Stellenbosch relatief bekostigbaar is.”

      Neethling sê in die verlede was die grootste persentasie kopers van Gauteng, maar deesdae lok die landgoed ook kopers van KwaZulu-Natal.

      John Loos, verbruikers-en-eiendom-strateeg van First National Bank (FNB), sê die huismark is op die oomblik allesbehalwe ’n spekulante-paradys en dié tipe huiskopers kan vergeet om vinnig geld te maak.

      ’n Spekulant koop gewoonlik op kort termyn ’n eiendom, wat hy dan verkoop ter wille van kapitaalgroei.

      Hy sê ’n spekulante-paradys
      is wanneer huisprysgroei baie hoër is as die prima koers, soos in die bloeitydperk in eiendomme ervaar is. Die prima is tans 9,25%, en FNB se huisprysindeks het in Augustus groei van 5,4% op ’n jaargrondslag behaal.

      Hy vermoed dat daar in 2004 heelparty spekulatiewe aankope in die koop-om-te-verhuur-mark was toe dié kopers 25% van die totale huisaankope uitgemaak het.

      Volgens Seeff Eiendomme is meer as 90% van sy kopers primêre huiskopers. Loretta Diab, Seeff se bestuurder vir Somerset-Wes, sê daar is ’n sterk vraag na eiendom met pryse van sowat R4 miljoen in veiligheidslandgoedere. “In die afgelope 12 maande was daar 155 aankope van huise bo R3 miljoen, maar in die afgelope drie maande alleen was daar 50 aankope.”

      Gewilde landgoedere is die wynlandgoed Bel’ Aire, Olywenhof, Summerwood en Knightsbridge Gardens.


    • Val de Vie Estate Launches its new POLO VILLAGE

      Posted on September 12, 2014 by Admin

      Val De Vie’s new Stefan Antoni designed POLO VILLAGE sold out 50% of the available apartments within two hours, during the pre-sales launch on Saturday past at the Val De Vie Ballroom. The available ‘Polo Pads’ were sold out within minutes of opening the sales process.
      Celebrity MC Nico Panagio hosted the event, with guest speakers Stefan Antoni
 and Ryk Neethling. The pre-launch took place in association with Ferrari, and the prancing horse’s new front-engined V12 monster, the FF, and the 458 Italia Spider were on display and available for test drives, as was the Ferrari California
30 (the best-selling model
in Ferrari’s illustrious history). The latter is also the vehicle which will go to one lucky buyer at the POLO VILLAGE.


      "The quick take-up of the ‘Polo Pads’ showed us that there is a strong demand for those who want an ultra- luxurious, ultra-large, fully serviced apartment at Val De Vie”, according to Marketing Director Ryk Neethling.


      “I think the affluent market now looks for an ultra-safe, spectacularly designed, fully serviced investment with concierge services, where you can basically come and enjoy an amazing time in the Paarl-Franschhoek Valley, watch a game
 of Polo, play a game of golf at Pearl Valley, enjoy the many wine estates and delectable cuisine, and then simply hand over your keys and head back to the real world. The whole ‘less is more’ trend is now sweeping the globe amongst the affluent market. People tend to scale down and travel lighter. This is what we had in mind when we commissioned Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects to design the POLO VILLAGE. Although the design is understated, it affords just about the best that money can buy – from modern SMEG appliances to oak hardwood flooring.”
      Only Val De Vie homeowners and buyers who pre- registered and paid their deposits, were allowed to attend the pre-launch. Subsequent to the pre- launch, the POLO VILLAGE sales will now be open to the market as a whole.
      Overall sales statistics for Val De Vie Estate show an increase of 201.82% in the total sales value of homes transferred in 2014, compared to the same period a year ago. Sales of erven at the Estate showed an 18.21% increase in turnover, whilst prices per square metre of erven rose by a whopping 21.75% and the rate per square metre of homes sold by almost 10% during the same period.
      For sales enquiries, visit   www.valdeviepolovillage.com or contact Liz Smithers - 083 775 6350

      Property Investment

      *   Land prices have increased 21% over the last 12 months and total sales on the estate increased 83% from 2013.
      *   The Polo Village and the hotel will be the only properties that will be able to do long term rentals on Val de Vie.
      *   Val de Vie is surrounded by World Heritage Sites and high potential agricultural land which makes it impossible to develop. This is the last opportunity for a security estate in this beautiful Valley.


      Events

      *   Val de Vie Events host and coordinate over 35 weddings each year and is one of the most sought after venues in the country.
      *   Our "signature" Polo Events including the Cintron Pink Polo and Veuve Clicquot Masters have grown into must attend events on the South African sporting and social calendar.
      *   The new L'Huguenot Wine Cellar has just been renovated and can seat up to 600 people conference style. Unique in the winelands.


      The new planned bridge across the Berg River to connect with the R45 will make the trip over Helshoogte Pass to the centre of Stellenbosch less than 18km. The bridge should be completed by Dec 2016 and will open Val de Vie to the lucrative and very popular Stellenbosch market.


      For more info please contact:

      Marketing Director and Property Developer
      Ryk Neethling
      Ryk.Neethling@valdevie.co.za
      021 863 6100



    • Flower power! The best blooms for Spring and Summer

      Posted on September 11, 2014 by Nadia Valentyn

      Spring Time Flowers in Bloom

      What better time to choose a wedding than in the bloom of spring? If you are looking for the right flower to accompany your pre-summer affair during the months of September, October and November; these are you options: Tulips, Jasmine, Iris, Lavender, Delphinium, Gladiolus, Alstroemeria, Agapanthus, Arum, Lisianthus, Anthurium and lace.

      Summer Time Flowers in Bloom

      If you are sharing your vows in the midst of the summer heat you can make your day even hotter with these beautiful options for the months of December, January and February: Delphinium, Frangipani, Alstoemeria, Lavender, Agapanthus, Gladiolus, Liatris, Arum, Lisianthes and Anthurium.

      Source: The Little Pink book

      Below is a guide to South Africa’s popular wedding blooms and when they’re in season.

      Spring Blooms

      All White: tulip, hyacinth, daisy, daffodil, camellia, azaea, sweet pea, rhododendron, jasmine, flannel flower, magnolia, liliac, lily-of-the-valley.

      Yellow & White: daffodil, azalea, daisy, iris, tulip, primrose, buttercup, jasmine, rhododendron, mimosa.

      Orange & White: tulip, daffodil, lily, azalea, marigold

      Mauve & White: sweet pea, rhododendron, lavender, azalea, lilac, magnolia, tulip, hyacinth.

      Blue & White: cornflower, forget-me-not, bluebell, hyacinth.

      Pink & White: hyacinth, delphinium, azalea, gladiolus, waterlily, jasmine, cornflower, rhododendron, English daisy, sweet pea, iris.

      Summer Blooms

      All White: iris, daisy, sweet pea, delphinium, cornflower, lilac, lily-of-the-valley, freesias

      Yellow & White: azalea, daisy, gladiolus, iris, lily, hibiscus, marigold, frangipani, freesias

      Orange & White: iris, daffodil, marigold, alstroemeria, freesias

      Mauve & White: lavender, sweet pea, azalea, delphinium, freesias

      Blue & White: delphinium, cornflower, freesias

      Pink & White: hyacinth, delphinium, azalea, gladiolus jasmine, iris, tiger lily, cornflower, sweet pea, alstroemeria, camellia.

      Source: The Bride’s Diary


    • Wedding tip of the day: Let your hair down!

      Posted on September 10, 2014 by Iza Slabbert


    • Wedding tip of the day: The little things count

      Posted on September 10, 2014 by Iza Slabbert


    • Celebrate Spring at the Val de Vie Market!

      Posted on September 9, 2014 by janette

      Mark these dates on your calendar - we look forward to seeing you at the Val de Vie Market!


    • Property Investments getting more & more popular …

      Posted on September 9, 2014 by Admin

      By Tshepang Molisana

      For the thrill of it...

      Recently, Richard Branson announced that he is “thrilled” to have entered into a sales agreement for Mont Rochelle, a luxury wine estate in Franschhoek.

      What could be more ‘thrilling’ than a Niche Investment in Africa, and in particular, in the Cape - in a year that has seen some of the most interesting and noteworthy Real Estate market events in recent years?

      ‘Niche’ or ‘alternative’ investments, are non-traditional investments like Hedge Funds, Managed Futures, Real Estate, Commodities and Derivatives Contracts. These investments do not include stocks, bonds or cash – this might be because of the volatile nature of stocks, or because wealth managers see the need to diversify their clients’ portfolios. In the interests of diversification, large institutional funds generally make allocate small portions of their portfolios to alternative investments like hedge or Real Estate funds.

      While sophisticated decisions are made globally by large funds, the characterful tastes of individuals and small-scale investors suggest that classic cars, stamps, wine, coins, gold and other niche investments are particularly interesting investments for individuals and elite investors. However, trends indicate that investors are still particularly “thrilled” by Real Estate.

      A Morgan Stanley report has indicated that U.S Millionaires have indicated that Real Estate is the top alternative asset class to own in 2014.

      Why is Real Estate still an investment ‘thrill’? Why would an investor like Sir. Branson add another property to an already enviable global portfolio? Perhaps for the same reasons that Oracle Co-Founder, Larry Ellison continues to “buy more homes than he could possibly live in.”

      Is there a sweet reward for making this calculated risk? Is it the thrill of putting your feet up on a different couch at the end of every day?

      For some investors, the return on investment is the marriage of passion and the luxury of seeing a seed that you have planted grow - in a home that is thrilling to put your feet up in. Ellison openly admits that he makes these illiquid investments because he is passionate about preserving art in these properties. His calculated risks often stem from both passion and a desire to see something grow.

      Bloomberg reported that a Chilean Pension fund has also increased its investment in Real Estate through BigSur Partners, a Miami-based wealth-management firm. According to BigSur’s Chief Executive Officer Ignacio Pakciarz, “owning the real estate is attractive because of the expected appreciation of property value and stream of rental income, as well as better control and supervision over the investments.”

      So perhaps the thrill of making an alternative investment is as simple as planting a seed and watching it grow into a healthy tree that not only provides shade, but also bears delicious fruits over its lifespan.

      Rojie Kisten, from Old Mutual’s Alternative Investments team alleges that, “Alternative investments are a popular asset class for their consistent above-benchmark returns, as well as for the role they play in facilitating sustainable economic growth and job creation across the African continent.”

      Over the last two years, noteworthy Real Estate sales in the Franschhoek region have indicated that the region is as ripe as a harvest season grape.

      For many investors, it’s the convenience of being near to Paarl and Stellenbosch for business interests.  the relatively short commute to Cape Town and the airport and the thrill of putting your feet up while you watch the sun dip over rolling vineyards.

      And for all of that, a Stefan Antoni designed Polo Pad at Val de Vie Estate seems to be just the, um, thrill.

      Take a look at the POLO VILLAGE


    • Wedding tip of the day: Live in the moment

      Posted on September 8, 2014 by Iza Slabbert


    • A sneak peak of Julian and Jean-Mari's wedding

      Posted on September 3, 2014 by Nadia Valentyn

      Here's a sneak peak of Julian and Jean-Mari's wedding, which was held on 23 August 2014. Watch out for more pictures on the blog (beautifully taken by Aglow Photography) soon!


    • Drink it, Live it with Cintron

      Posted on September 3, 2014 by Admin

      Val de Vie Estate is thrilled to have Cintron on board as our headline sponsor for Cintron Pink Polo. This sophisticated premium energy drink and luxury lifestyle brand is all about style, sophistication and living the good life.

      Cintron values luxury, class and good taste. High-class polo events are the perfect place for all the prestigous guests to enjoy a high-goal tournament, drink Cintron, and experience the Cintron lifestyle. Cintron sponsors Polo Tournaments all around the world.

      Unlike other energy drinks, Cintron was crafted from natural flavors, real fruit, all natural ingredients, and enough energy to get you through your busy days and even busier nights. In short, Cintron doesn’t just fit your lifestyle, it defines it.

      Follow Cintron on social media:

      Facebook | Twitter | Youtube | Pinterest


    • Precious peonies

      Posted on September 3, 2014 by Nadia Valentyn

      When looking at Peonies, one cannot help but melt. This gorgeous flowers not only shout out love, femininity and romance, but they smell amazing too. No wonder this is the most sought after flower in the wedding industry!

      Peonies originate from Asia and can easily be found in Southern Europe and western North America. Peonies are only available in South Africa for two to three weeks at most, from the last week of October until mid-November. Therefore you should consider yourself a very lucky bride if you have them as part of your special day!

      They are very scarcely available commercially, and most often need to be sourced. But luckily for us, there are a few people who cultivate these wondrous flowers locally. Peonies are mostly available in white and shades of pink, but can also be found in yellow in other countries.

      The flower has compound, deeply lobed leaves. They create much excitement and awe as they start out in a ball shape and, with time, unfold into the large, fluffy flowers we have all come to love.

      Source: www.celebration.co.za


    • Happy Spring!

      Posted on September 1, 2014 by Admin

      Happy Spring from Val de Vie Events! The green leaves, fresh flowers and warm sunshine have made us so excited about the season ahead. With so much beauty to celebrate, expect lots of ideas and inspiration to come.

      Image courtesy of Sandy Toes and Popsicles


    • Bubbly Sundays ...

      Posted on August 28, 2014 by Admin

      By Tshepang Molisana

      I love Sunday mornings.

      I love Sunday brunch and Sunday morning tea. I love families seated around long tables, and the chime of church bells. I love the subtle rise of bubbles in glasses and the pleasure that comes with pairing these bubbles with finesse.

      At the Val de Vie Market all three of Pongrácz’ Cap Classiques bring effervescent light to already splendid Sunday mornings.

      The Val de Vie Market is hosted on the Polo Pavilion between 10am and 3pm. The gorgeous Simonsberg Mountains and the Val de Vie Polo fields play both host and picturesque frame to The Market. With a host of lovingly made treats -  from spectacular honey-coloured liqueur served in shot glasses to spicy nachos served with fresh locally-grown produce - on sale, the Market caters to a variety of tastes in a relaxed setting.

      On our first tentative Sunday morning Market visit, we marvelled at the sweet ease of children petting lambs in the make-shift petting zoo. The amalgamation of a nearby Polo match with the majestic ponies catering nearby was almost unbearably wonderful.

      We had to take a seat at The Pongrácz and Chocolate pairing on the Polo Pavilion, just to put our hearts at ease from the wonder of it all.

      The Pongrácz and Chocolate pairing at the Val de Vie Market offers guests an opportunity to purvey three spectacular MCC’s, paired with handmade chocolates at various intervals throughout the day. At a cost of R50 per flight, each sip and bite is almost better than the last. The luxury of the Pongrácz pairing is the way vivacious Pongrácz Rose is paired with Rose Geranium Milk Chocolate, a decadently fragrant introduction to the Pongrácz stable. The crisp Pongrácz Brut is superbly matched with velvety Roasted Almond and Lime white chocolate and the show-stopping Desiderus 2008 and Hot Plum white chocolate are an lavish invitation to return for more.

      The pairing of Cap Classiques and sweet treats is not unique to the Val de Vie Polo Market. At London’s Red Carnation Milestone Hotel – a member of ‘The Tea Guild’, champagne is a special accompaniment to afternoon tea. In Durban, The Oyster Box Hotel will offer guests the opportunity to pair Pongrácz with their Pink Tea this October. The spectacular 12 Apostles Hotel and Spa, ensconced between Hout Bay and Camps Bay will reintroduce their popular ‘Pink Tea’ in October after the tea made waves during Women’s Month. In partnership with Pongrácz, Carrol Boyes, and CANSA, guests will be offered tea at a cost of R175 per head, with the opportunity to donate R10 each to the Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA).

      While the pairing Cap Classiques might not be unique, it always brings a certain ‘rise’ to any occasion, particularly on a Sunday morning where lovingly made treats and laughter are abound.

      After a brief winter break, the Market is set to make a rousing return to Val de Vie in early September. I raise a glass to its scintillating Sunday morning return.

      MARKET DATES

      - 7 September 2014 – Ballroom Winter Market

      - 5 October 2014 – First Summer Sunday Market with Polo

      - 9 November 2014 – Sunday Market with Polo

      - 30 November 2014 – Sunday Market with Polo

      - 7 December 2014 – Sunday Christmas Market with Polo

      - 25 January 2015 – Sunday Market with Polo

      - 22 February 2015 – Sunday Market with Polo

      If you'd like more information, please email events@valdevie.co.za


    • Property Market Insights

      Posted on August 26, 2014 by Admin

      Liz Smithers, On-site Property Agent

      Getting the most out of the positivity in the current property market ...

      Prospective buyers and sellers are currently reading in the media about the increased activity in the property market and the Cape Winelands property segment is no exception to this phenomenon.

      It is essential for buyers and sellers to react responsibly to this trend in a way ensuring that both entities, either as sellers accurately pitching selling prices or as buyers not over capitalizing on their property investment.

      This set of circumstances requires thorough analysis by both parties taking much into consideration.

      Lets evaluate these circumstances:

      • We are at present in an early stage of an up turn in the property market. In my opinion, the media are inclined to make more of a hype of an already booming market, which is further prompted by the less informed.
      • In the case of sellers and based on media hype there is a tendency to over inflate the prices of their properties.
      • This could lead to unnecessary medium to long-term frustration and delay of what should have been a successful and early transaction.
      • An unsold property on the market for a long period of time is now potentially at risk of meeting the danger of over exposure and the true value of the property may not be realized.

      Sellers planning to sell – should first take a view on the current property market by obtaining a professional guideline so as to derive at a more honest and realistic asking price, prior to placing their property on the market.

      The professional advice through a qualified property agent will include recent comparative property sales analysis related to their area, which will justify to a seller that a comparative market valuation is also “no thumb suck” opinion.

      Ensuring an accurate market related price is key to the successful transaction on your property to both seller and the purchaser’s future investment.

      On-site Property Sales Open 7 Days a Week at the Sports and Leisure Centre, Val de Vie Estate.
      liz.smithers@valdevie.co.za    |    083 775 6350



    • Hospitality Internship at Val de Vie Events

      Posted on August 26, 2014 by janette

      New Beginnings...

      We welcome with great excitement the next group of 10 Hospitality Interns from Mbekweni to Val de Vie Estate.

      They are a passionate and vibrant group of young people with great skills amongst them and a desire to be strong leaders.

      They wish to succeed with whatever opportunity they are given to thus go back into their community and “BE THE CHANGE”!

      This is a dynamic group, keep your eyes on our social media to see how they develop into the stars they have been created to be.


    • Planning your Dream Wedding ...

      Posted on August 22, 2014 by Simone de Wet

      ... and making lasting Memories

      Val de Vie has coordinated hundreds of weddings, so I’m delighted to share some valuable tips with you over the next month. Planning your wedding can be daunting, but it should also be the most exciting day of your life.

      Your wedding should celebrate your love, favourite things and who you are. The more authentic your wedding is, the more memorable and special it will be.

      First Step ...

      The most important step is establishing your wedding budget. The South African wedding industry has grown tremendously in the last 10 years, offering anything from world-class cake makers to dazzling dress designers. A clear budget will guide you and make it easier when consulting with industry experts.

      Step Two ...

      Plan your guest list early too. Each guest carries a cost and knowing the numbers makes budgeting more accurate.

      Step three ...

      Your venue is a significant aspect of your wedding day as it shapes the style and atmosphere of your wedding.

      Step four ...

      Once the date is set and the venue is booked, the next step is sending out a save the date. This gives your guests basic information about the day and helps them to plan any travel or accommodation requirements.

      An electronic save the date is inexpensive and conveniently sent via email. We suggest adding an RSVP date, because knowing your guest list from an early stage allows you to allocate your budget more effectively.

      Get Excited!

      Watch out for more valuable venue-related wedding tips next week, happy planning!


    • Natural simplicity

      Posted on August 21, 2014 by Elsje Human

      Nature makes beauty look so effortless. Fresh green leaves, soft, delicate petals and neutral tones are you need for a serene, elegant style.

      Keep things simple and let the natural elements be the focus: a garland of flowers, chairs entwined with floral vines or a simple leaves as an adornment. With Spring on the way, this is a look we love!


    • Val de Vie Estate Residents enjoy Golf at Pearl Valley

      Posted on August 18, 2014 by Admin

      Golf enthusiasts living on Val de Vie Estate have the opportunity of playing on one of the best golf courses of South Africa - famed Pearl Valley Golf Estate is right next door!


    • Residential Property Market trends sparks interest in the Winelands

      Posted on August 13, 2014 by janette

      A look at Cross-Brand and Cross-Industry integration - how Ferrari tapped into the Property Market and found a stable at Val de Vie Estate.

      By Tshepang Molisana

      When asked to describe his favourite Ferrari, Enzo Ferrari responded, “the one that hasn’t been built yet.”

      The Ferrari California is a car that has ‘one heart and two souls’; a coupe or a spider.  In Enzo Ferrari’s lifetime, the ‘scuderia’ vision ensured that Ferrari’s powerful racing engines were at the heart of vehicles that were a dream to drive. In 2007, Ferrari shared a vision for a new age. The company planned to reduce its carbon emmissions by 40%, and it is the California’s sexy, yet ‘classica’ 299g/km smoothness that has enabled Ferrari to reach this golden number.

      Residential Property Market trends have indicated that global homeowners have sought a home for their ‘second soul’ in South Africa’s luxury home market.

      The FNB Residential Property review suggests that South Africa’s year on year house price growth is relatively steady. Macro-market analysis suggests that these trends are aligned with global trends. Market analyst, Bill McBride, argues that the multi-family housing market will lead the residential housing market as the global economy improves and the market returns to its former buoyance and buyers invest in new homes.

      If home is truly where the heart is, then Val de Vie’s Estate’s Polo Village, is truly ‘belissima’. Exclusively designed by Stefan Antoni , the Polo Village consists of 60 luxury boutique ‘Polo’ Pads and Residences, as well as fully serviced Office Suites. The Polo Village offers potential residents a range of elegant residences to select from: a 68m2 ‘Polo Pad’; a 96m2 two-bedroom ‘Ambrosia’ suite; or the 112m2 two-bedroom ‘Hurlingham Suite’. Each residence is complemented by a private balcony, ensconced by the Drakenstein and Simonsberg Mountains and rolling vineyards.

      One very lucky Polo Village resident will receive the opportunity to drive their very own Ferrari California 30 Convertible into the elite community. The Valley of Life provides the perfect seat to live and play like a king, and through this partnership with Ferrari, Val de Vie Estate has provided the fortuitous happenstance for one of its lucky residents to drive a dream.

      The sweetness of driving an Italian Stallion into a home that is adjacent to the Restaurant, Polo Pavillion and Polo Fields is only made sweeter by the sheer driving pleasure that the California king provides.  The Polo Pads that Stefan Antoni Omesdal Truen architects have designed are rich with the comfort of privacy, security and exclusive luxury.

      These homes, like the cars that Enzo Ferrari envisioned are custom built around each resident’s lifestyle. The Val de Vie Polo Village promises to provide a life that is customised to its residents’ every need. In the lush Paarl-Franschoek Valley, rich with history and ripe with breath-taking views, a gourmand’s paradise awaits. Beyond the magnificence of each resident’s SMEG appliances and statement-setting finishes is the convenience of residing less than an hour from the bustling Cape Town CBD.

      Residents of the Polo Village will have the benefit of a concierge and access to The Valley of Life’s award-winning facilities while luxuriating in ‘la dolce far niente’. Foreign Real Estate investment in South Africa from Africa and the rest of the International Market has been steadily rising as buyers have sought second homes for both work and play.

      Lisa Bathurst, MD at Hurst and Willis has suggested that lifestyle estates, and in particular Val de Vie have been attracting some serious international interest. In Andrew Amoils’ report, according to Bathurst, it isn’t only the Estate’s International Property Awards that have been peaking interest; Val de Vie is also “the first South African Wine Estate that the Chinese market has gotten involved with too.” Val de Vie provides more than a home for its residents; it is The Valley of Life itself.

      When asked to describe the ideal Winelands retreat for either your first or second soul, I’m almost certain that you’ll assert: “one that’s been designed with me in mind.”

      Please join Val de Vie on September 6 at the launch event for The POLO VILLAGE. One (very) lucky POLO PAD purchaser will drive away in a Ferrari 30 Convertible. Wild horses couldn’t keep me away…

      More info HERE : www.valdeviepolovillage.com


    • Diarise these dates for the Market at Val de Vie!

      Posted on August 11, 2014 by Admin


    • Carel and Liezl’s wedding

      Posted on August 8, 2014 by Admin

      Carel & Liezl’s held their beautiful wedding at Val de Vie on the 3rd of May 2014. Here's what they had to say about this very special day, as well as gorgeous photos by Aglow Photography.

      Waarom sal mens nou langer wag om verloof te raak binne ses maande van 'n amazing, liefdevolle en ondersteunende verhouding?

      "So Here we are, We found the day, Like we always prayed." Die feit dat die spesifieke dag kon plaasvind was net 'n wonderwerk van die heel begin.

      Die wag vir die kar om my en my pa op te getel het na die kansel was seker die langste in my lewe. My pa besluit toe om met sy jongste dogter, ek, oor politiek te gesels om bietjie die aandag van die senuwee af te vat. Dit het nou wel nie regtig gehelp nie, maar die feit dat my pa so kreatief begin raak het voor die groot oomblik was vir my so oulik en spesiaal.

      Van die begin af het ons besluit dat die aand nie gaan verby vlieg , soos almal altyd se nie, en het ek en Carel n oomblik gevat om al die seeninge en geluk van die aand en ons nuwe toekoms saam opreg te waardeer.

      Die wonderlikste weer is vir ons gegee die 3de Mei, wat gemaak het om trane moeilik weg te steek!!

      Wat 'n voorreg was dit om met so wonderlike groep mense te werk . Vanaf die dag wat ons die engagement shoot gedoen het tot die oomblik wat die deure van Val de Vie agter ons gesluit het, het ons die beste diens, omgee en ondersteuning ontvang.

      Die feit dat albei liefdevolle oumas tot die heel einde die aand saam ons gedeel het is net vir ons 'n bewys dat die aand regtig 'n droom en groot sukses was.

      Diensverskaffers:

      Blomme & Dekor ~ N Concepts and Designs

      Liezl se Trou Rok ~ Mariette Joubert | DJ ~ Wicus

      Spyseniering ~ The Polo Club Restaurant

      Grimering en Hare ~ Yolande du Toit

      Second Shooter ~ Tertius Gous





    • Angela and Dino's Wedding

      Posted on August 7, 2014 by Admin


      Vision on Fire
      has beautifully captured Angela and Dino's wedding which took place on 22 February 2014. It was a very special day which included a Greek Orthodox wedding ceremony. It was a delight to host this couple's big day and we wish them much love and happiness in their future.


    • Every bottle of wine has a story to tell ...

      Posted on August 7, 2014 by wines

      “A good wine should be an ambassador,” Eben Sadie told me on a hail-scorched winter morning.

      I travelled to the Swartland on a rainy Friday morning at the invitation of Justin and Lisa Fullstone. The Fullstones are South African wine enthusiasts and have left no stone unturned, no wine untasted in their pursuit of ‘the perfect wine’.

      I leaned in a little closer, as Mr Sadie, ‘The Dominee’ of wine preached his ruby-colored gospel. He declared that: “the perfect wine should be an ambassador for first of all, its country; secondly – it’s region; and finally for its family.”

      The Perfect Wines of South Africa and Val de Vie are exceptional ambassadors.

      Hein Koegelenberg, the Chairman of Perfect Wines South Africa described the partnership between Perfect China, Perfect Wines South Africa, and Val de Vie Estate as an opportunity to build relationships. In an interview with CNN, it seemed that the robust growth of luxury goods in the Chinese market had created a ripe market for South African wines, particularly those of L’Huguenot Wine Estate.

      The greatest barrier to entry was higher than The Great Wall of China. Many of the Chinese consumers that the new Joint Venture faced are similar to the Fullstones – a young South African couple. They have access to a breadth of excellent and exclusive luxury brands, and have already been exposed to brilliant wines from France to Franschhoek. It is imperative therefore, that the wines from the Val de Vie Cellar are not only delicious libations of distinction, but are also excellent ambassadors of their region and country because of their unique history and flavour profile.

      The Valley of Life has a novel heritage. Gabriel Le Roux and the French Hugenots settled in the Franschhoek Valley, in and around the Val de Vie Estate area in 1688.

      Val de Vie, was therefore not only in the perfect position geographically, but was also well-placed historically to be at the heart of a story that is as round and as full as a Shiraz grape.

      “China used to buy wine through perception, and that perception was all image,” The Chairman told CNN. The Chinese Market is expected to become one of the largest in the world by 2016, and the Chairman’s focus is on those new consumers.

      The perfect ambassador - the perfect wine needs to change consumers’ preconceptions by establishing a culture of excellence. The Chairman told Die Burger that he believes that people associate with energy. And if consumers from Shanghai to Soweto to the Swartland resonate with this energy, they are inevitably attracted to both the viticulture, and the diverse culture that it represents.

      In her 2009 TED Talk, Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie fortified Hein Koegelenberg’s sentiments. She ended her TEDTalk with this thought: “Stories matter. Stories can be used to empower and to humanise. When we reject the sinlge story, when we realise that there is never a single story about any place – we regain a kind of paradise.”

      And what could be a better story, a better ambassador than the perfect bottle of paradise?

      By Tshepang Molisana


    • Boho wedding bliss

      Posted on August 7, 2014 by Elsje Oosthuizen

      The boho look can be beautifully romantic and carefree.  Layers of colours, texture and  free-spirited prettiness create a gorgeous free-spirited look that has captured our hearts.


    • We love geometric prints

      Posted on August 6, 2014 by Elsje Oosthuizen

      Bright, bold prints are super fashionable at the moment. This attention-grabbing look focuses on geometric styles, with grids, triangles, concentric circles and more.


    • Time’s running out for prospective buyers to register to buy at Val De Vie’s new Stefan Antoni designed POLO VILLAGE:

      Posted on July 31, 2014 by Admin

      The developers of Val De Vie Estate moved the sales event for the new Stefan Antoni designed POLO VILLAGE to 6 September 2014. This followed after a Woman’s Day function, which was pre-booked at the Val De Vie Clubhouse, could not be accommodated on the same day as the sales event.

      At the same time the developers announced an exclusive co-operation agreement with Ferrari South Africa. The two brands will work together more closely over the next few years and a brand new Ferrari California 30 will  replace the Bentley as the grand prize for one lucky buyer at the new POLO VILLAGE. The Ferrari California is already a very sought-after model in the proud stable of Ferrari, and the California 30 is a special model offering a weight saving of 30 kg over the standard model, an increase in power to 490hp, a top speed exceeding 300km/h and a 0-100km/h time of 3.8 seconds – placing it firmly in supercar territory. The California is also the most popular model in the history of Ferrari with over 10 000 models sold globally to date.
      With only 60 residences, the POLO VILLAGE will be developed immediately adjacent to the magnificent Val De Vie Clubhouse.
      Buyers will have a choice of luxurious, fully serviced 68 m2 ‘Polo Pads’, 96 m2, two-bedroom ‘Ambrosia Suites’ and lavish 112 m2 two-bedroom en-suite ‘Hurlingham Suites’. The architects are multiple international award winners, Stefan Antoni Ommesdal Truen from Cape Town. Each ‘Polo Pad’ will have up to two parking bays (to be sold separately), as well as the benefit of private concierge services. Prices will range from R1.5 million upwards. Office Suites are also available for those choosing to conduct business from the Estate.
      With a pricetag of around R25 000 per m2, the POLO VILLAGE represents an excellent investment, as Stefan Antoni designed apartments on the Atlantic Seaboard change hands for around R100 000 per m2.
      Val De Vie is already the location of choice, not only for international polo championships and matches, but also international artists like UB40 and Claire Johnston, who hosted a concert at the Estate earlier this year.
      The developers of Val De Vie Estate have recently acquired more undeveloped land adjacent to the Estate. They are also making 200 non-resident Pearl Valley golf memberships available at the nearby 18-hole Championship Jack Nicklaus golf course, voted one of the 10 best courses in Southern Africa. The POLO VILLAGE is the first of their new development plans.
      Wine estates, championship golf, polo and thoroughbred horses, 24-hour private concierge services, world-famous restaurants, beautiful people and the world’s most desirable sports car up for grabs? Sounds like ‘La Dolce Vita’ in its purest form!
      The POLO VILLAGE will launch on
      6 September 2014 at Val De Vie Estate in the Paarl-Franschhoek area. Prospective buyers will have to register to buy at the sales event. For more information, SMS ‘BUY’ to 49970 or contact Liz Smithers on 083 775 6350.

    • Five Golden Rules of Residential Investment

      Posted on July 31, 2014 by Admin

      An Interesting Read by Century Property Developments

      While shares and other market instruments may hog the headlines in the finance pages, the finite supply of good residential property and the opportunity to make a profit using a lender's money opens up the opportunity for substantial wealth creation.

      But only if you stick to five important rules:

      - Buck the market trend: buy when sentiment is down.
      - Don't overstretch yourself.
      - Buy in a recession-proof area.
      - Acquire a second property when the rental income of the first is covering 100% of the costs.
      - Lastly, aim to pay off the bond on each property within 10 years.

      Location is most important. Picking a location that will lead to good price growth is easier said than done, but you can get someone to do the research for you. Beware that the market is fragmented - don't go with a small developer in a one-off project. You want reputation and a track record. A good developer has done all the homework to do with location and infrastructure.

      Do your research on the future of the road network in your target area. Buy in a place with easy access and avoid congestion. Suburbs with poor access usually see low rises in value.

      Also, don't buy in a highly competitive market segment. Don't buy property where someone can come to market with a similar offering right next to you. You want to be sure that there's a limited supply of the kind of development you're buying into. Find a niche market, like secure complexes. They will be more attractive in the long term. Security can mean a property climbs in value.

      Once you've decided the development or area is suitable, find a property that offers the greatest chance for price growth and be sensible with how you dress it up. Look at surrounding prices and don't overcapitalise - you want a small house with a good address. This will help you gain when you come to sell. Always consider resale value: don't make yours the most expensive house in the area.

      You can waste money by installing extravagant finishings. No matter how much you may like the idea of a tin roof, for example, you will eliminate potential buyers by putting one on because the perception of maintenance costs is important. You must know your public. Another example is having paint all the way down the walls to where they meet the garden - there is a perception that the long-term operating costs will be higher. Insulation, efficient design, using gas instead of electricity - there are many ways to make the running costs lower and raise the home's value in the eyes of potential buyers.

      Waterfall Equestrian Estate
      Waterfall Equestrian Estate

      Banks tend to know their onions - if they're not prepared to lend you what you'd like for a property, or if they don't see it as a stable investment, there's a good chance it isn't. You can reduce risk even further by opting to buy in a new development. If you buy newly developed properties, maintenance will be low for the first 10 years anyway.

      Once you've bought the property, find a tenant - one you've screened properly - and stick with that property.

      Be prepared for bumps along the way. Ensure you have enough money in reserve to cover three months' bond payments on any property you buy. Be disciplined about keeping that money aside.

      www.century.co.za


    • Touareg Tents has got it covered

      Posted on July 30, 2014 by Admin

      When it comes to sourcing tents for events and functions, Val de Vie always relies on Touareg Tents for their impeccable service and unrivaled product offering.

      Touareg Tents are the only suppliers of the Saddle Tents in Southern Africa. Striking in appearance and incredibly versatile, the saddle tents can be used for big outdoor events, bar covers and stage covers.

      Touareg Tents also offer Bedouin tents, canopies and stage covers. We love how their tents create an instant venue - imagine a crisp white Bedouin tent on our lush green polo fields. What a setting!

      To find out more about their services, either visit their website or email info@touaregtents.co.za.


    • The dream team: Pink and green

      Posted on July 24, 2014 by Elsje Human

      Pink and green might seem like an unlikely pair, but these two colours look magical together. Perfect for a spring or summertime wedding, the colours create a feeling playfulness, freshness and vitality in your decor. Opt for a gentle palette of soft greens, blush pink coupled with splashes of gold.


    • Val de Vie gets into the spirit of Mandela Day

      Posted on July 23, 2014 by Admin

      This Mandela Day Val de Vie Estate worked with Hope Through Action and SCORE (from the Mbekweni Community Sports Centre) to make a difference in Mbekweni.

      Inspiring quotes by Madiba were painted on banners which were displayed on the streets, while the team worked hard to clear up any litter. After that, we went to the police station and to two clinics, Phola Park and Mbekweni Clinic, where about 500 people were given 125 litres of delicious soup and bread.

      The managements of the clinics and the police station were also given flowers to thank them for the wonderful work that they do for the community.

      About the Mbekweni Community Sports Centre

      The Mbekweni Community Sports Centre's  long term aim is to build capacity in communities so that there is the ability, competence and team to both manage the centres and run the programmes with minimal external input.

      The centres they build are designed to be as sustainable as possible, within the environmental context, with innovation such as translucent panelling to allow light entry, thermally powered extract fans and so on.


    • Black and white and... pink!

      Posted on July 22, 2014 by Elsje Human

      Black and white is easily one of the most classic and elegant decor themes. Spice it up by adding a splash of pink (we like dusty pink or soft rose) and you'll get a completely different look. The pop of colour adds a sense of modern fun and softens the starkness of black and white.


    • Shardae and Richard's wedding

      Posted on July 18, 2014 by Admin

      FJS Productions have beautifully captured Shardae and Richard's stunning wedding, which Val de Vie Events had the pleasure of coordinating. The ceremony overlooked our beautiful green polo fields, followed by an exciting polo match and a dazzling reception.

      The following service providers helped to bring this magical day together:

      Videographer: FJS
      Coordination: Val de Vie
      Photographer: Ryan Graham
      Décor: Nico Laubscher
      DJ: Sound Print
      Minister: Dave Basson
      Stationary: Secret Diary Designs
      Wedding Cake: Wades Cakes
      Make up & Hair: Helga Strydom


    • Yellow gets all grown-up

      Posted on July 17, 2014 by Elsje Human

      Yellow is often thought of as the brightest, loudest colour. However, it can also be deep and sophisticated. Dark yellow, mustard and honey are luxurious shades that add a chic accent of colour without being overbearing.

      Add some glitz by pairing these colours with shimmering metallics, gold and even shades of charcoal.


    • Lovely in lace

      Posted on July 16, 2014 by Nadia Valentyn

      Lace is a major trend this year and we love its delicate, feminine appeal. Lace is ladylike and romantic; the perfect addition to any bridal outfit.


    • The decadence of chocolate

      Posted on July 15, 2014 by Nadia Valentyn

      When it comes to indulgence, there is nothing quite like chocolate. From truffles and gelato to macaroons and mousse, there are so many ways to enjoy the decadent appeal of this sweet sensation. Serve chocolate themed mini desserts to your guests, or include luxury chocolates in their wedding favours.


    • The luxury of vintage gold

      Posted on July 15, 2014 by Elsje Human

      We love the beauty of old, vintage gold. The rich, deep yellow tones are gorgeously luxurious and eye-catching, adding a sense of warm and vintage appeal.


    • Burger and Heleen's wedding

      Posted on July 14, 2014 by Admin

      Griekwa rugby player Burger Schoeman made his vows to his beautiful bride Heleen on  23 May at Val de Vie, only a week after ending his Curry Cup season on a high, winning the man of the match award.

      Beautiful Autumn weather shone down on the special day, as the newlyweds celebrated their love for each other with family and friends from all over the country.

      We just adore the timeless style Heleen, who opted for a vintage veil, soft sheer fabric and colours for the bridesmaid's dresses. Raw oak tables with pastel runners were paired with natural elements for the décor & flowers.

      The talented Kyle Krige captured their day perfectly.


    • Dreaming of dusty pink

      Posted on July 9, 2014 by Elsje Human

      Pink is a very feminine and romantic colour, but too much of it can look kitsch and overbearing. Dusty pink is a classy, grown-up shade of pink that is more subtle and gentle.

      It would be beautifully suited to a summer wedding, or even a romantic winter celebration. Add lace, wooden textures, some sparkle and it'll look sublime!


    • Berry bliss

      Posted on July 8, 2014 by Nadia Valentyn

      Just because fresh berries are a bit harder to find and more expensive in Winter, it doesn't  mean that we can't feel inspired by these tasty fruits! We're daydreaming about warmer days and getting creative with some new ideas for Summer pre-drinks and delicious desserts. Yum!


    • Richard and Shardae's in the Sunday Times!

      Posted on July 7, 2014 by Admin

      Richard and Shardae's stunning Val de Vie wedding was recently featured in the Sunday Times! Their special day was held 4 January 2014 and it was beautifully planned by Full Coordination.


    • The Celebrate Life Ball

      Posted on July 7, 2014 by Admin

      The Celebrate Life Ball (CLB) was recently held at Val de Vie. It was a glamorous and fun-filled event that was attended by a host of stylish guests. The event was conceptualised by Mrs. South Africa 2014, Chané de Kock, as a means to do good and raise money for charity. True to this dream, 100% of the proceeds raised have been donated to the Out of Africa Children’s Foundation.

      It was our pleasure to host the event and as the photos show, it was a spectacular evening filled with fine dining, chic fashion and amazing entertainment. Visit House of Vizion to view more photos.


    • White on white

      Posted on July 4, 2014 by Elsje Oosthuizen

      There's nothing boring about a white on white decor scheme. Fresh white brightens a space, creating a beautiful sense of lightness and feeling of space. larger space, and highlights everything around it. White is very versatile and looks stunning with modern or traditional styling.


    • We love Mia Mélange Stoneware

      Posted on July 2, 2014 by Admin

      We can't get enough of  Mia Mélange, a beautiful range of stoneware that's designed by surface and textile designer Mia Danieli. Based in Stellenbosch, South Africa, this talented designer proudly produces all of her ceramics in South Africa.

      Mia's designs are inspired by her love for nature, texture and pattern and all of her designs are from her original hand drawings. She also silkscreens her own decals and transfers them to the dishware by hand. This delicate hand crafted process makes each and every item perfectly imperfect and one of a kind.

      We think that the pieces would make very special gifts for a wedding or special occasion. They would also look gorgeous in a beach holiday house.

      Mia Mélange hopes to expand her product range to other home decor items in the near future.

      Visit her Etsy store to view her full range, or visit her website for more about her work.


    • Why we can't wait for Cintron Pink Polo!

      Posted on July 2, 2014 by Admin

      Danielle Boon, a Grade 11 pupil in La Rochelle High School, recently joined the Val de Vie Events team as an intern. She was very keen  delighted to learn about our estate and highly anticipated events such as Pink Polo, which takes place in October every year. Here's what Danielle had to write about the upcoming event:

      "The annual Cintron Pink Polo Event is all about bringing friends together to have fun in the sun for a good cause. The glamorous event raises awareness and funds in aid of breast cancer.  Polo combines with timeless, elegant fashion to create a sensational day on the social calendar. What can be more fun than making a statement in pink?"


    • Vintage va va voom

      Posted on July 1, 2014 by Admin

      The Val de Vie Events team recently had a new addition, intern Danielle Boon. As a Grade 11 pupil in La Rochelle High School in Paarl, she was keen to learn about our estate and the exciting events industry.

      We love this vintage themed moodboard that Danielle created. The vintage look never goes out of fashion and it's got a beautiful sense of romance. As she says, "make your vows timeless with a touch of vintage."


    • Don't miss the Wees Lig Vrouefees on 9 August 2014

      Posted on July 1, 2014 by Admin


    • Wees Lig Vrouefees is coming to Val de Vie

      Posted on June 20, 2014 by Admin


    • Enchanted Forest Romance

      Posted on June 19, 2014 by Nadia Valentyn

      We can't take our eyes off this shoot by Photographer Veronique Mills and Blomlief. Described as an Enchanted Forest Romance, the shoot celebrates nature with a touch of whimsical magic. Think of soft shades of pink, cream and delicate mauve, inspired by the gentle hues of a fresh Spring day. The stunning dresses from Anna Georgina by Kobus Dippenaar couldn't be more perfect.

      Feast your eyes on all the gorgeous details in the images below. To see more, please visit Confetti Daydreams.


    • Anel and SW's wedding is on b.loved wedding blog!

      Posted on June 19, 2014 by Nadia Valentyn

      We're thrilled to see that Anel and SW's wedding has been featured on UK wedding blog, b.loved.This elegant wedding was held in April at Val de Vie and it was memorable for so many reasons: the tangible joy of the newlyweds, the elegant, timeless white decor and the happy atmosphere. Yolandé Marx took gorgeous photos that capture the mood and the stylish simplicity of the decor - no wonder b.loved took notice!

      View the full article and more images here.


    • Another look at Tanya and Kasper's wedding

      Posted on June 18, 2014 by Admin

      A few months ago we showcased the beautiful wedding of Tanya van Graan and her husband, Kasper Kristofferson. It was such a gorgeous day that we can't help but post some more photos, taken by Rensche Mari.

      Val de Vie Events masterfully coordinated the event, which took place at La Residence in Franschhoek. This exceptional venue was recently awarded as the best boutique hotel in the world. 30 guests attended the intimate wedding and Tanya looked so beautiful in her gown made by Kobus Dippenaar.











    • The Celebrate Life Ball is coming to Val de Vie

      Posted on June 13, 2014 by Admin

      Celebrate Life Ball

      The Celebrate Life Ball (CLB) was birthed out of a desire by Mrs. South Africa 2014, Chané de Kock, to use a celebration as a vehicle for doing good. We are all connected with our fellow man, yet we live worlds apart. The CLB brings these two worlds together. It reminds us of our blessings and that we have much to celebrate, but it also encourages us to be a blessing to others. Aramex South Africa is proud to be the official sponsor of the Celebrate Life Ball. It promises to be a fun-filled and glamorous event in support of a very worthy cause. 100% of the proceeds raised will be donated to the Out of Africa Children’s Foundation.

      The glamorous evening is going to be filled with great entertainment, delicious food and dancing. The Celebrate Life Ball is taking place at the stunning Val de Vie Estate in Paarl. The guests include friends, family members and anybody who would like to celebrate life. Most of the 23 Mrs. South Africa finalists will also attend the Celebrate Life Ball. Another exciting element is the fact that my Mrs. World dresses will be shown at the event. This, together with the worthy cause, sparked media interest in the Celebrate Life Ball, so I am excited to announce that the popular SABC program, Expresso Show, will be filming the event. Several newspapers will also be attending the event. So get your best dress and those dancing shoes ready because this is going to be a night to remember.


    • RSVP for the Ladies Brunch in support of Bridging Abilities

      Posted on June 13, 2014 by Admin

      Bridging Abilities will be hosting a charity event on 28 June at Val de Vie Estate and ladies were recently invited to attend the brunch on KFM and MFM. Listen to the interview here.

      This wonderful organisation  aims to provide opportunities for individuals with disabilities and to foster their personal and social development. Through sport and recreation camps, Bridging Abilities helps to improve the quality of life for each individual that passes through their doors, through rehabilitation, support and a range of wellness services.

      We applaud their incredible work and encourage everyone to support their worthy cause by attending this brunch. The event promises to be a very enjoyable occasion, offering a delectable brunch in the elegant surroundings of our picturesque estate.

      The details about the event are in the invitation below, we hope to you there! For more information about Bridging Abilities, please visit their website.

      Bridging-Abilities-Brunch


    • Corporate gifting with an edge

      Posted on June 12, 2014 by Elsje Oosthuizen

      At Val de Vie we know how important it is for corporate events to have a real wow-factor. After all, they are a representation of your business and brand, so every detail must be well thought out and considered.

      A great way to make an impression is corporate gifting. Take the time to find quality items that your guests will love to use and show off. Examples are leather bound stationery, elegant fountain pens, cufflinks or even wine accessories.

      If you're planning a corporate event, look no further than Val de Vie. Our beautiful estate is an exceptional setting for any type of corporate event, from year-end functions, gala dinners, team building and conferencing to intimate business meetings, lavish cocktail parties and product launches.

      To find out more, please contact Events@valdevie.co.za or visit our Corporate Events page.


    • Ryk Neethling on Pearl Valley, Val de Vie and succeeding in property

      Posted on June 11, 2014 by Admin

      Ryk Neethling on Pearl Valley, Val de Vie and succeeding in property

      Posted on June 10, 2014 in Interviews

      Interview with Ryk Neethling
      The question faced by many sportsmen and women at the end of their competitive careers, is where to next? Very often this leads into the realms of celebrity dealings, and sporting off-shoots. The transition into a new chapter of their lives is sometimes met with great financial success, and sometimes it isn’t. Whatever the case may be, a successful career in sport does not always guarantee a successful career afterwards. Ryk Neethling, an Olympic gold medalist and South African swimming hero, is an athlete who has decisively taken his career into the world of property development, and seems to be making a sterling success of it. Ryk is the Marketing Director of award-winning Val de Vie Estate. The estate has just announced its expansion by buying into Pearl Valley Golf and Country Estate, and the surrounding land. Allowing the estates to leverage off of one-another’s unique offerings in the Cape, by providing home-owners access to a myriad of luxury lifestyle facilities. Based on the development that the company is pursuing it is certainly targeting the surge of the wealthy in the sought-after Western Cape region, which is much needed good news for business in South Africa. – LF

      RYK NEETHLING: The combined offering between Pearl Valley and Val de Vie will be something that is really unmatched, we believe, anywhere else in the world, as well as being close to the international airport in Cape Town.  The bridge that we’re going to build over the Berg River really opens up the whole Stellenbosch market, which is very expansive, so we’re quite excited about that.  So far, we had about 130 sales last year and the majority of the people are from Gauteng – so it’s people moving down – and we see that continuing, especially with the political results from the recent elections.

      LUCIENNE FERREIRA: That’s very interesting, that you mention you’ve noted that the elections have had such a big impact on property sales in Val de Vie.

      RYK NEETHLING: Yes, we see people from Gauteng and more and more, from Durban as well that are moving here.  The breadwinner will still commute to Johannesburg or to Durban, but the family can stay in a very secure environment.  There are very good schools in the area, and they can go to work and not have to worry about safety.

      LUCIENNE FERREIRA: In terms of Val de Vie as an estate, for those of us who aren’t familiar with it, what does it offer?  How is that pairing going to add value to the market with the acquisition of Pearl Valley and the surrounding land?

      RYK NEETHLING: In Val de Vie, we have about 530 plots.  It’s a lifestyle aspect.  We have a full working wine farm on the estate as well.  We have about 100 stables with horses.  We have two polo fields.  We have a very nice indoor swimming pool.  It’s not built just for me.  Anyone can use it.  We have a very nice gym.  We have a preschool on the estate.  We have a restaurant with a clubhouse so really – everything for everybody.  We are surrounded by four different mountain ranges.  The new adventure sport is obviously for everybody to go mountain biking, so we’re ideally situated for that, and it’s just a very nice outdoor lifestyle.  We have about two kilometres of Berg River where you can do fly-fishing.  We have five lakes and about 30 hectares where it’s also stocked with fish.

      Security is obviously the big thing, and then we feel that the recent acquisition of Pearl Valley Phase 2 – about 320 hectares – will give us access to one of the best golf courses in South Africa, without us actually having the golf course, and having the golfers walk in front of your house during the day.  We are very excited about that and Pearl Valley has a great brand as well, not just in South Africa but internationally, too.  I think that combined offering is just going to see this area become a very prominent player in the residential market.

      LUCIENNE FERREIRA: Absolutely.  I think we can both expect some property investors to find strong value there.  Cape Town in itself has a huge amount of value to offer.  Property prices are soaring.  Everybody wants a piece of it.  Can you tell us how much the acquisition was worth?

      RYK NEETHLING: Unfortunately, I can’t disclose that.

      LUCIENNE FERREIRA: I thought I would try.

      RYK NEETHLING: I know.  It was a nice try.  The price that we paid compared to the value it’s going to unlock…you can’t compare that.  The value that this acquisition is going to unlock is just going to be incredible.  The sales are increasing.  We were talking about the off-ramps as well as the Berg River being included, and it’s actually going to flow through their space now.  It’s really a paradise for young families.  People maybe have a misconception too, that it’s not a place for swallows or for people to come and retire.  It’s actually a very young estate.  The average age is maybe 40/45.  As I said – young – but it also depends on your perspective.  We currently have 200 kids under the age of ten, on the estate so it’s really a paradise for young families.

      LUCIENNE FERREIRA: Yes, it sounds like a great place to settle.  What I’m quite interested in, from the market transaction perspective is how did Val de Vie come to making the acquisition?  Is it part of the bigger growth strategy?  Is it leveraging on the fact that there is a middle-class sector boom in the country?  Was it something that was opportunistic?

      RYK NEETHLING: No, I think the original developer always had expansion in mind.  If you look at the estate, all the common facilities such as the restaurant and the stables are built on the border of Pearl Valley. There’s also extra services on the sewerage, water, and electricity fronts.  This development is going to happen in phases and for the first couple of phases, we don’t have to upgrade any of the infrastructure, which is going to make it even more profitable.  We can take our time and develop this, as the market demands it.  We’re not going to release any product that’s going to compete with a different product that we have, so the first phases will be a bit smaller plots.  We’re looking at a retirement village as well, so our main goal is to ensure that the people, who bought here so far, can get capital growth on their investments and we hope that the different products will aid that.

      LUCIENNE FERREIRA: It sounds like the group made a very strategic move.  One thing that people are very interested in, as much as the property boom is exciting and the investment aspect of it is exciting, especially with the pairing between Pearl Valley and Val de Vie…  How do you, South African swimming champion Ryk Neethling, fit into the operations at Val de Vie?

      RYK NEETHLING: Many people think I’m just a ‘page face’ or an ambassador, but I’ve been involved with Val de Vie for almost six years now.  I became a shareholder about three years ago, and my portfolio is all the marketing.  We have an estate agency.  We have a development company – restaurant, wines, business, and events – so I do all the marketing for that. We’re negotiating a hotel deal as well, and we’re talking to a couple of private school groups, so that’s my role. After I graduated from university in America, I worked in commercial real estate developments and investments for three years, so that’s where my background in the property game comes from.

      LUCIENNE FERREIRA: So it really sounds like you’re targeting that entire upper-middle-income sector group of properties, so that you can see the gains from all of the up and down swings in the market.  I was going to ask how you found yourself in property, but it seems as though it’s something you decided to do a while ago.

      RYK NEETHLING: Yes, my father’s a property lawyer too, so it’s something I grew up with and I must say I’m really living my dream, to be able to live in this beautiful place, and to be able to do what I love as well.


    • Suit up in style

      Posted on June 11, 2014 by Elsje Oosthuizen

      Finding the right suit can be a challenge, but a well tailored suit is a real wardrobe investment. This article from Destiny Man magazine offers guidance on finding the right suit.

      Bespoke suits are the ultimate personal expression of the gentleman who wants the best. We go behind the scenes to learn what the creation of just one of these suits entails.

      Bespoke suits say something about the man behind the material – the quality’s sublime, the sewing’s precise and perfectly finished, the trimmings are top-notch and the superb tailoring means your suit is the ideal fit.

      Bespoke suits are made just for you, so the fit’s impeccable and every single detail of the suit can be personalized. Most clients enjoy the fact that their suit isn’t mass-produced in a factory, but is created exclusively for them by a private tailor.

      Made-to-measure clothing can also hide a multitude of sins. A shopper interested in an off-the-rack suit might have to buy a larger jacket to accommodate a wide midsection; it could also be too long and have oversized shoulders and arms. But a bespoke suit often includes a few strategically positioned extra centimeters of fabric where needed, while keeping the rest of the measurements in proportion.

      Posture also affects the way fabric hangs on the body. A good custom tailor will take diagonal body measurements to fit rounded shoulders or a slight slouch.

      You never have to worry about major alterations, since every suit you order will be in your size. Usually future alterations are complimentary, should you lose or gain weight.

      No matter the designer or the tailor, here’s what you can expect when getting a bespoke suit.

      Step 1: The initial meeting

      The first step in the process is to meet your tailor. If you don’t have ‘the average build’ (i.e. you are super-slender or very tall and bulky), this is your opportunity to tell him − or, her − what you struggle with when looking for a suit.

      Step 2: Fabric swatch choice

      This is a somewhat involved process, as everything counts. Most high-end tailors will use age-old methods of layering canvas inside the front of the jacket to create a perfectly hanging suit, though the silhouettes
are usually trim and the fabric colours range
from purples to midnight blue with chalk stripes.

      Step 3: Extensive lining options

      Although the lining is on the inside of the garment, it’s just as important as the actual fabric. The lining is always of superior-quality fabric and in an exciting colour. Picking your own lining today is like picking a tie.

      Step 4: Fabric matching

      The tailor − if he’s worth his salt − will usually drape the fabric you have chosen over your shoulder to match it to your complexion. This way, you get a realistic idea of how the colour complements your skin tone and eyes and is a far better method than merely choosing a fabric from minute swatches.

      Step 5: Measurements

      The tailor will take over 11 separate measurements of your body and these form the backbone of a well-fitting suit.

      Step 6: Final sketch

      The design process involves you and the designer equally, with you stating your requirements and the designer advising what’s feasible and offering creative input.

      Step 7: The fitting

      A bespoke suit takes a minimum of 35 hours to make. When it is completed, your tailor may ask you to come in for minor finishing touches.

      This article first appeared in Destiny Man magazine.


    • VAL DE VIE ESTATE EXPANDS

      Posted on June 10, 2014 by Admin

      THE VALLEY OF LIFE CONTINUES TO GROW

      The award-winning Val de Vie Estate will soon expand after acquiring a portion of the farm Kliprug, belonging to neighbouring Pearl Valley Golf & Country Estate, combined with their recent purchase of the Levendal Developement from the Power Development Group. In doing so this residential node of Val de Vie and Pearl Valley will become the benchmark for secure country estate living, as well as give Val de Vie residents direct access to Pearl Valley’s renowned Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course.

      The Opportunity:

      Val de Vie Estate has acquired, subject to certain conditions, 322 hectares of Kliprug which lies between Pearl Valley Golf & Country Estate and Val de Vie Estate. The undeveloped land, originally used for clay mining, has approved rights for 1 094 residences, which includes farms, single and multiple unit residential opportunities.  The development will be incorporated into Val de Vie in phases over the next 10 years, starting early next year.

      Pearl Valley will retain 20ha of the land allowing for the development of an additional 150 stands within the existing Estate.  Under the stewardship of new shareholder Standard Bank, Pearl Valley is reviewing their Development Master Plan, which will see the development of various alternative residential opportunities.

      “Pearl Valley offers several fantastic real estate investment opportunities. With the sale of land to our neighbour, this further assists us to fulfil our Development Master Plan objectives,” says Rory Roriston, formerly Head of Real Estate Asset Management at Standard Bank and now Managing Director of Pearl Valley Golf & Country Estate.

      More than 75% of the new Val de Vie development will be allocated as green areas used for vineyards, nature conservation, lakes, horse paddocks, parks and farmland. This complements the indigenous landscaped garden environment that its neighbour contains.   The original plan of including another golf course has been scrapped.  Both estates will retain their separate Homeowner’s Associations and stringent security measures. Roads and security gatehouses linking the two estates will be the first project to commence, and will enable Val de Vie residents taking up Pearl Valley Non-Resident Golf Memberships, to access Pearl Valley’s golf facilities by golf cart.

      Pearl Valley Phase I was developed in 2003 and its Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course has consistently been ranked as one of South Africa’s Top 10 courses.  The most recent being its 7th spot on the Golf Digest Top 100.  Pearl Valley was again ranked Best Conditioned Course the Western Cape in 2014.

      Endless Possibilities with Levendal:

      Val de Vie also bought 93 hectares of land across the river as well as all rights associated with the Levendal Developement from the Power Development Group.  It took over nine years to acquire the rights for the Levendal Development. The rights include an extensive range of various residential and some commercial opportunities.  The rights provide for 591 opportunities enabling Val de Vie to become owners of the land on both sides of the Berg River and develop a bridge for use by residents of both estates only. This will link the estates with the R45 making the journey into the Stellenbosch CBD less than 20 minute and allowing  quicker access to the N1 with a estimated 20 minute trip to the International Airport and under 30min to the V&A Waterfront.

      With the respective developments planned on either side of the fence, Val de Vie and Pearl Valley will together create a lifestyle village that includes polo, golf, mountain biking, other sports and wine; unsurpassed in scale and choice anywhere in South Africa. Martin Venter CEO & Founder of the Val de Vie Development Company sums it up: “Val de Vie and Pearl Valley have each built strong international brands. However, the expansion of Val de Vie will result in a luxury residential node with diverse offerings, multiple exits and access to two provincial roads, the R301 and R45.”

      Val de Vie Foundation:

      The Val de Vie Development Company has also committed to strengthening communities in the Paarl-Franschhoek Valley by establishing the Val de Vie Foundation. A small portion of the monthly levy income and percentage of all sales will go towards supporting local community programs with an emphasis on education and children's programs. It is estimated that this fund can contribute in excess of R5million over and above the current contributions Val de Vie makes through various initiatives.

      Prizes and Prices:

      Val de Vie recently scooped two International Property Awards in Dubai, respectively winning a 5-star award for Best Development, Multiple Units, and another award as Highly Commended in the Best Leisure Development category. The “Polo House” was also awarded the Best Single Unit Development in Africa and Arabia. Stands are priced from R1 000 000 upwards and Villas are available from R3 million to R15 million.

      Val de Vie

      Val de Vie is a 532 plot family friendly primary residence estate which boasts state of the art security, leafy, wide-open spaces, worlds class-polo fields, Rhône-style vineyards, a modern pre-school, and stunning French Provencal and Cape Colonial architecture. The vineyards produce internationally acclaimed wines, and the polo fields host several international tournaments each year. The Estate offers more than 80 horse stables and more than 2km of Berg River frontage. In 2013 the estate recorded a record number of 130 sales.

      Pearl Valley

      Unsurpassed for natural beauty and nestled in the gorgeous Berg River Valley, surrounded by the magnificent Simonsberg Mountains and situated on the banks of the Berg River lies Pearl Valley Golf & Country Estate. This beautiful 212-hectare estate incorporates both a tranquil and secure country residential estate and an award-winning Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course. Named the Best Conditioned Golf Course in the Western Cape for 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 by Golf Digest Magazine and awarded Compleat Golfer’s Five Star Experience Award for six consecutive years, it is evident that it does indeed take a legend to make a legend.

      Pearl Valley Golf Membership

      Golf Membership at Pearl Valley remains exclusive and predominately Pearl Valley resident based, however, a limited number of Pearl Valley Non-Resident Golf Memberships are available, membership includes the following:

      • Unlimited complimentary green fees
      • Unlimited access to member practice facilities
      • Preferred Golf Member tee times (with your accompanied guests)
      • Access to Golf Member Competitions
      • Member Guest Invitational Days
      • Affiliation and handicapping fees
      • Two complimentary green fee vouchers
      • Access to the Pearl Valley clubhouse, bar and Members Lounge with free Wi-Fi
      • 10% discount on food & beverage items, spa treatments and merchandise in The Golf Shop
      • Discounted cart fees
      • Preferred green fees for accompanied guests

      Reciprocity to Jack Nicklaus golf courses worldwide.

      Proximity

      Approximately 35 minutes drive to Cape Town. Approximately 20 minutes drive to Durbanville. Approximately 15 minutes drive to Franschhoek Approximately 20 minutes to Stellenbosch. 8 km to Paarl (via R301)

      FOR FURTHER PRESS INFORMATION CONTACT:

      Marketing Director of Val de Vie Estate

      – Ryk Neethling

      Email: ryk.neethling@valdevie.co.za

      Mobile: +27 82 995 1700

      Sales & Marketing Manager of Pearl Valley Golf & Country Estate

      - Pamela Warrington

      Email: pamela.warrington@pearlvalley.co.za

      Tel: +27 21 867 8000. Mobile: +27 82 040 5909


    • Lezanne and Andre's wedding

      Posted on June 10, 2014 by Nadia Valentyn

      We're loving the colourful quirkiness of the Lezanne and Andre's wedding photos, masterfully taken by Charl Smith from Agape Studios. The couple held at Val de Vie on the 15th of March 2014 and these photos capture the energy and vibrancy of the day.



    • Moroccan magic

      Posted on June 10, 2014 by Elsje Oosthuizen

      Embrace the exotic with a dash of Moroccan magic! We are so inspired by the rich colours and patterns of this beautiful country. For something different, why not host a Moroccan inspired event? Use deep, vibrant colours in your palette and have comfy rugs and cushions for guests can sit on. Serve dishes such as tagines and stuffed dates, and traditional beverages such as mint tea. For entertainment, how about a belly dancing lesson?


    • DIY Mimosa bar

      Posted on June 9, 2014 by Nadia Valentyn

      We love this creative idea of a “help yourself to a Mimosa” bar.

      Choose as many Summer fruity flavours as you wish and set them out for your guests to enjoy. Glassware can either be very formal with pretty Champagne flutes, or for a more relaxed style go for an eclectic mix and match.

      This fun idea is perfect for an outdoor kitchen tea in Spring or Summer or simply for a get together with great friends.


    • Pure elegance

      Posted on June 6, 2014 by Nadia Valentyn

      Happy Friday! We just love this romantic, elegant look. Vintage Lace, touches of gold, glass, crystal and pearl create a classy style all around.


    • Mia and Mikhael's wedding video

      Posted on June 5, 2014 by Admin

      Here' the beautiful wedding video of Mia and Mikhael, who celebrated their special wedding at Val de Vie. Just gorgeous! Videography by TRÖvideo.


    • A fabulous Ladies Brunch in support of Bridging Abilities

      Posted on June 4, 2014 by Admin

      Bridging Abilities will be hosting a charity event on 28 June at Val de Vie Estate. This wonderful organisation  aims to provide opportunities for individuals with disabilities and to foster their personal and social development. Through sport and recreation camps, Bridging Abilities helps to improve the quality of life for each individual that passes through their doors, through rehabilitation, support and a range of wellness services.

      We applaud their incredible work and encourage everyone to support their worthy cause by attending this brunch. The event promises to be a very enjoyable occasion, offering a delectable brunch in the elegant surroundings of our picturesque estate.

      The details about the event are in the invitation below, we hope to you there! For more information about Bridging Abilities, please visit their website.


    • Wine Special this Month

      Posted on June 3, 2014 by Admin

      Enjoy this award winning wine with your favourite winter dishes of venison or roast lamb. Limited stock available from the Polo Club Restaurant and Wine Bar- 021 863 6174


    • The Val de Vie Grooms take to the field

      Posted on June 2, 2014 by janette

      Great teamwork between the men that take care of our beloved horses at Val de Vie. Here is George Mumba as captain with his team ready for a soccer match this past weekend.




    • Kara and Dirk's dream wedding at Val de Vie

      Posted on May 27, 2014 by Admin

      Imagine winning a wedding at Val de Vie worth R800 000!  For one lucky couple this is not a dream anymore, but a reality!  Kara and Dirk won the SA Wedding Show “Win a Wedding” competition last year.  It was the biggest wedding prize that has ever been given away in South Africa and the record might stand for a few years to come.

      Apart from getting the luxurious Val de Vie as a wedding venue, Kara was also sponsored a beautiful Anna Georgina dress, a wedding video from Vision on Fire and plenty of other prizes. Zara Zoo offered a wedding photography package worth R30 000 that included a pre-wedding photo shoot.

      Although Kara and Dirk were at school together, the flame only started burning when they studied together at Stellenbosch University.  The couple now lives in Gauteng, but their dream had always been to have their wedding in the Cape Winelands.

      Both bride and groom got ready on the estate with Kara arriving in the estate's beautiful vintage car that was also later used for the couple photos.  The tented ceremony was done in the French courtyard. 160 of their closest family and friends attended.

      After the ceremony photographer Natelee took Kara and Dirk around the estate, including the wine tasting house, vineyards and the polo field for photos.  While the couple had their photos done, guests were entertained to a real polo match while sipping on the finest bubbly and being treated to sumptuous Canapés from the Polo Club Restaurant.

      The reception was a feast fit for royalty with styling done by Cream Event Library and music by Aleit Music & Entertainment.  Thanks to the SA Wedding Show, Die Burger and an element of luck, Kara and Dirk had their dream wedding realized in style!

      The SA Wedding Show will run from 6-8 June this year and is hosted at the CTICC.  It is the biggest Wedding Expo in the Western Cape.  Tickets are available at the door at R80 and gives you a host of experiences including live demos, chef tastings, a Little Pink Book Wedding Workshop and the cream of Western Cape wedding suppliers and services to browse through.  Plan your wedding in one weekend by visiting the SA Wedding Show 2014.

      Photos by Natelee Koen & Annerien Nel


    • Francois and Donna-Lee's engagement shoot

      Posted on May 27, 2014 by Admin

      Francois Brummer, a Griekwa Rugby Player, will be tying the knot with his beautiful fiance, Donna-Lee, up North in December. The couple celebrated their love with a beautiful engagement shoot at Val de Vie - simply stunning!


    • Gatsby gold

      Posted on May 27, 2014 by Simone de Wet

      A 1920s inspired Great Gatsby theme has long been a popular option for parties and weddings alike. This era saw the rising popularity of jazz, radical new fashions for women (think of the stylish bob) and classic cocktails such as Long Island ice tea and the Manhattan. Put a twist on your version of this theme with a dazzling gold colour scheme. You'll have all the fun and energy of the roaring 20s with an extra dash of glamour.


    • City chic

      Posted on May 26, 2014 by Simone de Wet

      Today we are so inspired by the beautiful colours, patterns and textures of old European cities. Got the Monday blues? Perk up your day with some bright primary colours and eye-catching prints.


    • Anel and SW's wedding

      Posted on May 21, 2014 by Admin

      Here are some stunning photos by Yolandé Marx of Anel and SW's Val de Vie wedding, which was held on 12 April 2014 and coordinated by Karla Oettler from Absolute Weddings. We were delighted to host this lovely couple and wish them much joy and happiness.

















    • Botanical beauty

      Posted on May 21, 2014 by Elsje Human

      In South Africa we are so lucky to have an abundance of gorgeous indigenous flowers and vegetation. Bring the beauty of our botanical heritage into your wedding with fynbos, proteas and lush leaves. Think out the box by laying flowers along table runners, or topping your cake with a rustic flower arrangement.


    • Val de Vie: The venue of choice for chic corporate events

      Posted on May 20, 2014 by Admin

      Val de Vie Estate is an exceptional setting for any type of corporate event, from functions, team building and conferencing to intimate business meetings, lavish cocktail parties, product launches and year-end functions.

      We understand that each event should offer the best possible experience for your clients or colleagues, which is why each corporate event is planned according to your unique needs. Our team can coordinate every aspect of your event, making the entire process as stress-free and efficient as possible.

      The  elegant ballroom, a truly luxurious venue, can comfortably accommodate 300 people for a seated dinner. Take advantage of our unique offerings, such as a private polo match with your company's branding, or perhaps wine tasting and blending with our winemaker, a great way to enjoy team building in the Paarl-Franschhoek Valley.

      We are proud to have hosted numerous top corporate businesses and brands, including Investec, Nikon, Veuve Clicquot, ABSA and BMW.

      To find out more, please contact Events@valdevie.co.za or visit our Corporate Events page.


    • Sone's beautiful family photo shoot

      Posted on May 19, 2014 by Admin

      Sone, a gorgeous Val de Vie bride, recently had a beautiful family photo shoot at Warwick Wine Estate. The photos were taken by Inecke Photography and they are absolutely gorgeous!

      The Val de Vie Events team loves the idea of a family photo shoot before a wedding. It's a wonderful way to celebrate family bonds at such a special time in ones life.

      View more photos from the shoot on Inecke's website.





    • Fresh and simple

      Posted on May 19, 2014 by Elsje Human

      It's the start of a new week, so we are feeling inspired by this fresh, clean look. White is peaceful, elegant and pure, and it can be a gorgeous statement colour on its own. Add some accent items to add visual interest, such as striking jewellery or quirky table settings.


    • Pink passion

      Posted on May 16, 2014 by Elsje Human

      Did you know that a pink carnation means "I will never forget you"? Beautiful, romantic pink is the color of universal love. Add some charm to your wedding with splashes of this warm, loving colour.


    • Burger and Heleen's engagement shoot

      Posted on May 15, 2014 by Admin

      We are very excited about the wedding of Burger and Heleen, who are tying the knot next week at Val de Vie. Their gorgeous engagement shoot was taken by Kyle Krige, who has beautifully captured the bond shared by this wonderful couple.


    • Jean-Mari and Julian's engagement shoot

      Posted on May 14, 2014 by Admin

      Jean-Mari and Julian's wedding will be held at Val de Vie on 23 August 2014 and we know it's going to be a wonderful day!

      We love their engagement shoot by Aglow Photography, which took place in Cape Town and beautifully celebrates their love.


    • Vintage simplicity

      Posted on May 14, 2014 by Elsje Human

      We love the idea of a vintage decor theme that's all about simplicity. Imagine old glass bottles filled with wild flower posies, a gorgeous naked cake with no icing, a simple bouquet of baby's breath or a table setting with no tablecloths, but rather exposed, beautiful antique wood. With this look there's no need for extra embellishments or fiddly details - just celebrate the beauty of the simple things.


    • Friday Night FOOD MARKET - 30 May

      Posted on May 12, 2014 by Admin

      Invite your friends and family for a fun night out in the winelands.
      Country style with Live Music and old black and white movies projected on big screens while you're browsing the selection of delicious food stalls to delight your tastebuds! Its all about family so bring along the little ones for some fun in the kids entertainment area.
      Free Entrance
      Doors open from 6pm until 10pm.


    • With love to all the mothers out there ...

      Posted on May 12, 2014 by Admin


    • Quirky and cute!

      Posted on May 12, 2014 by Elsje Human

      Embrace your inner child by adding fun, quirky elements to your wedding. Imagine splashes of glitter, a bright, cheery palette of colours and loads of bright sweet treats. Find unusual accessories such as old suitcases to add to the decor, or perhaps even arrive at the ceremony in a school bus! Think back to the parties of your childhood and draw inspiration from there. After all, this theme is all about celebrating your special day with a big smile!


    • Monique and Nick's wedding video

      Posted on May 12, 2014 by Admin

      FJS Productions have released their captivating video of Monique and Nick's Val de Vie wedding. The special day included a polo match and a stunning reception that really had the wow factor.


    • Falling for fall

      Posted on May 12, 2014 by Nadia Valentyn

      May is the last month of Autumn and we love the beauty of this mellow season. Leaves  are ablaze with red and gold start falling from the trees, and the weather begins to cool down. An Autumn-themed wedding pays tribute to the beauty of nature, drawing on natural themes such as leaves, wooden textures and deep, rich colours.

      Autumn flowers

      Take inspiration from Autumn's golden hues by using deep yellow, muted greens and rusty reds. Berries and bright leaves also look beautiful in a bouquet.


    • Tracy and Colin's engagement shoot

      Posted on May 9, 2014 by Admin

      Tracy and Colin are planning to celebrate their wedding at Val de Vie early next year. It's going to be a spectacular occasion and we are so thrilled to be coordianting the big day of this amazing couple!

      Their stunning engagement shoot by Abri Kruger took our breath away. Tracy and Colin's adorable little boy and girl were part of the shoot and we love the glamour and warmth that the images convey.

      The talented Abri Kruger boasts years of experience in the USA and South Africa. He covers wedding internationally but calls South Africa his home.


    • Mikhael & Mia's Wedding

      Posted on May 9, 2014 by Admin

      Mikhael and Mia recently held their wedding at Val de Vie, which was beautifully coordinated by Elsje Oosthuizen.

      We are enthralled by the amazing photographs taken by Ryan Graham. They are truly magnificent and bring the day to life in exquisite detail. The chic white decor scheme included natural, country-inspired flower arrangements with rosemary, baby's breath and proteas, amongst others.

      We were honoured to host this lovely wedding and wish Mikhael and Mia much happiness in their lives together.

      View more photos on Ryan Graham's website.


    • Dreamy wedding decor

      Posted on May 9, 2014 by Iza Slabbert

      Get dreamy with this eye-catching and opulent decor scheme. Gold, vibrant colours and rich textures are combined to make a dramatic statement -  it's all about mixing up disparate ideas and making them work together.


    • Shelley and Paul's wedding

      Posted on May 8, 2014 by Admin

      We love the gorgeous photos of Shelley and Paul's wedding day, taken by Alice Swan Photography. We were so happy to be part of this wonderful couple's big day, which was held at Val de Vie on 12 December 2013.

      The ceremony took place in the Polo Pavilion, while the dazzling reception was in our ballroom. A crisp white decor scheme created a beautifully elegant and romantic mood.

      To view more photos, please visit Alice Swan's website.


    • A picture perfect paint-themed party for kids

      Posted on May 8, 2014 by Iza Slabbert

      Add a splash of colour with a paint-themed party! Kids will love this quirky and vibrant theme, which draws on all things paint related. It's a great way for them to have a party that celebrates their favourite colours. Elements such as colour swatch cards, paintbrushes and Pantone colours are transformed into cute decorations and delicious treats.

      All images courtesy of Sweetstyle.com.au


    • A peek at Shelley and Paul's wedding

      Posted on May 6, 2014 by Admin

      Here's a preview of Shelley and Paul's wedding photos, taken by Alice Swan Photography. This amazing couple tied the knot at Val de Vie on 12 December 2013, watch out for more photos soon!


    • Simone and Nick's wedding

      Posted on May 6, 2014 by Admin

      Simone and Nick held their wedding at Val de Vie on 8 March 2014. Val de Vie Full Coordination was delighted to have planned this special day; the couple are so in love and it was a real pleasure to work with them.

      The beautiful outdoor ceremony took place in the French Quad, which boasts magnificent views of the polo fields and surrounding mountains.

      An intimate reception followed in the Polo Club Restaurant. Crisp, elegant decor set the tone, and after a sumptuous dinner guests were keen to join the newlyweds on the dance floor.

      These are just some of the gorgeous photos of the day, taken by Moira West Photography. Be sure to view more on Moira's Facebook page.

      We wish Simone and Nick much joy and happiness in their future together!


    • Mother's Day at the Polo Club Restaurant

      Posted on May 6, 2014 by Admin

      Spoil your Mom on Mother's Day!

      Reservations Essential: 021 863 6174


    • We love Joannette Kruger and Abri Kruger Photography

      Posted on May 2, 2014 by Admin

      We are taken aback by the talent of Joannette Kruger Photography and Abri Kruger Photography. From weddings to family photo shoots, their work is always absolutely beautiful and full of emotion. With Winter on the way, why not contact them for a family photoshoot with a winter theme?

      As Joanette says, "I strive to make each session creative and fun as possible and try to steer away from your traditional family sessions."

      To find out more about their work, please Joannette Kruger Photography and Abri Kruger Photography.


    • Corporate event trends for 2014

      Posted on May 1, 2014 by Simone de Wet

      Gone are the days when corporate events meant stale canapes, bad lighting and dull PowerPoint presentations. Today any corporate functions needs to be a slick, creative affair that conveys a powerful brand message. Event Solutions has a great overview of some of the trends we can expect to see in the year ahead.

      All images and ideas courtesy of Event Solutions.

      1. Marquee Signs
      Use illuminated letters to spell out anything important, from your company name to a key area at the venue.

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      2. Events for a Cause
      Companies are becoming more socially aware, which is why the hottest events are associating themselves with worthy causes. From savvy marketing for charities to worthy donations, it's all about making a positive difference.

      3. Shapes and Patterns
      Decor is going beyond single colour palettes and now a range of patterns are all the rage. Chevrons, diamonds, florals, polka dots... there are so many ways to add some visual drama with patterns.

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      4. Rustic Modern Décor
      Rustic decor takes on a modern edge when combined with striking modern elements such as glass, metal and mirrors. The contrast of natural materials such as wood and raw fabrics with industrial styling is a look that we'll be seeing a lot of in the year ahead.

      5. Unique Venues
      Finding an unusual venue is a hot trend that adds a sense of intrigue and excitement. Never mind conference halls or ballrooms, events are now taking place at unexpected locations such as galleries, museums and warehouses.

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    • Funky festive food ideas

      Posted on April 30, 2014 by Simone de Wet

      Let food become a visual feast with bold colours and eye-catching patterns. Quirky and downright decadent, we love the idea of making party food just as fun as it was when we were kids. Who can resist pink candy floss or luscious cupcakes adorned with hundreds and thousands? Yum!


    • Bigger Better Beverage Bars

      Posted on April 30, 2014 by Simone de Wet

      Hot or cold, winter or summer,  nothing can stop you from having a creative  and fresh beverage offering at your big day bash!

      We love the idea of signature cocktails, as well as His and Hers drinks. The customised coffee bar is also a super  idea if you are having a winter wedding. Mini drinks are a clever way of having more drinks on offer, but still saving on the costs.
      Whatever tickles your fancy, a funky beverage offering is a MUST this season.
      Cheers to choosing something fun and delicious!

      Images courtesy of Lover.ly


    • Glittering gold

      Posted on April 29, 2014 by Nadia Valentyn

      Gold is a glamorous colour that never goes out of fashion. Adding some golden sparkle to your wedding instantly creates a luxe feel. Use sequins, glitter or sumptuous fabrics to add some gold to your decor. Gold looks great with many other colours, from whites and neutrals to pinks or even greens, so it's very versatile too.


    • Warm up with Roasted Tomato and Basil Soup

      Posted on April 29, 2014 by Nadia Valentyn

      Autumn is here so we're preparing ourselves for cooler days and evenings. This soup recipe is a perfect hearty and healthy dish for the chilly weather on the way.

      Recipe courtesy of www.justeasyrecipes.co.za

      Roasted Tomato and Basil Soup (serves 4-6)

      This is a rich tomato soup, it’s absolutely delicious… Perfect for a starter, main course or even as a base for a pasta sauce!  Use plum or vine-ripened tomatoes, in fact whatever tomato you use, just make sure it’s red, ripe and juicy.

      Ingredients

      10-12 plum tomatoes, cut lengthwise
      1 large onion, cut into quarters
      6 cloves of garlic, peeled (4 left whole for roasting and 2 crushed for sautéing)
      4 tablespoons olive oil (you’ll use 3 tbs for roasting and 1 tbs for frying garlic)
      1/3 cup dry red wine
      2 cups chicken stock
      1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
      2 tablespoons tomato paste
      1/4 cup fresh basil, finely chopped (and some extra for garnish)
      1 teaspoon sugar
      1 teaspoon salt
      1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
      Optional: ¼ – ½ cup cream if you want it to be a little creamier

      Method:

      1. Preheat oven to 180°C.
      2. Place the tomatoes, onions and 4 garlic cloves onto a large roasting tray.  Drizzle with 3 tablespoons of olive oil and season well with salt and pepper.  Roast for 1 hour and allow to cool.
      3. Once cooled, transfer it to a blender and puree until smooth.
      4. In a medium-sized pot (big enough for the soup) and over medium heat, add the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil, 2 cloves crushed garlic, salt and pepper. Cook for about 1-2 minutes, being careful not to burn the garlic.
      5. Now pour in the pureed tomato mixture and cook for roughly 5 minutes.
      6. Add the tomato paste, sugar, chopped basil, red wine, chicken stock and balsamic vinegar and stir to combine.
      7. Allow the mixture to come to the boil and then reduce the heat to low and allow it to simmer for 45 minutes to an hour.
      8. If you’d like the soup even smoother, run the blender through the soup again.

    • Brown and white

      Posted on April 25, 2014 by Iza Slabbert

      We all know that black and white is a classic combination, but at the moment the Val de Vie events team is loving brown and white. Classy and understated, the brown-white spectrum has it all: white is crisp, clean and modern, while chocolate brown conveys a welcoming sense of warmth, comfort and relaxation.


    • Crazy about cake stations

      Posted on April 25, 2014 by Simone de Wet

      Sweet stations have been a popular dessert option at weddings for quite a while now, so we're excited to see the latest hot trend: the cake station! Tempt your guests with an array of scrumptious cakes. Not only does everyone get to enjoy different flavours, the cakes also look gorgeous and make a decor statement.

      All images courtesy of Lover.ly


    • Pure and simple

      Posted on April 23, 2014 by Iza Slabbert

      Sometimes simple is best. A classic plan white t-shirt, a slick ponytail, a bunch of plain white roses or a cake that's simply adorned with luscious icing. It's almost become a cliche to say that less is more, but there is still so much truth in this statement. As Leonardo da Vinci famously said, “simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”


    • Equestrian inspired events

      Posted on April 23, 2014 by Simone de Wet

      Here at Val de Vie we've long been drawn to the beauty of horses and the elegance of polo, so it's no surprise to us that a trend for equestrian-inspired events has taken off. Hay bales, lucky horse shoes and rustic flowers complete the look for this country-style theme. Many of our couples choose to have a polo match played at their wedding, which we think is the absolute cherry on top!

      All images courtesy of Lover.ly


    • UB40 ft. Ali Campbell at Val de Vie Estate

      Posted on April 22, 2014 by Admin

      Check out this great video of UB40 ft. Ali Campbell, who performed at Val de Vie on 4 April 2014. Brought to SA by Seed Experiences & DStv, the show also included Trenton and Free Radical, Hot Water and special guests Mango Groove.

      With more than 50 hit singles and record sales in excess of 70 million worldwide, UB40 remain one of the most successful bands of all time. Three of the original members have reunited, including the original vocalist Ali Campbell, who mesmerized audiences with his signature voice.

      DSTV were proud to come on board as media partner along with Heart 104.9FM as Cape Town radio partner, to bring fans the band's all time classics such as 'Red Red Wine', 'Kingston Town' and 'Can't Help Falling In Love', which are known and adored across the world and sound as fresh today as they did when they were first released.


    • Daily inspiration

      Posted on April 22, 2014 by Elsje Human


    • Wedding Trends

      Posted on April 22, 2014 by Simone de Wet

      Navy blue is one of the hottest wedding colors for 2014. Classy, classic and understated, it looks gorgeous with white, silver and even pink.

      Image courtesy of elegantweddinginvites.com


    • Simone and Nicholas' beautiful wedding video

      Posted on April 17, 2014 by Admin

      Mr & Mrs Rixon from Someday Films on Vimeo.

      We love this wedding video of Simone and Nicholas' Val de Vie wedding. Created by Someday Films, it captures the love and happiness of the day.


    • Val de Vie Estate welcomes Hope Through Action into our Hospitality Internship Programme

      Posted on April 17, 2014 by Admin

      Val de Vie Estate was thrilled to welcome seven young men from Mbekweni Hope Through Action into our Hospitality Internship Programme.

      Hosted by the Val de Vie Events team, the programme launched on 13 April 2014. The aim is to invest in the less fortunate youth of our valley and to share our knowledge with them. In doing so, we can help the candidates to access new career opportunities and to create renewed hope for their future.

      We believe that with the necessary training and practical experience, we can impart key business principals that will empower candidates to apply for positions within the industry. They will be motivated, confident and geared to improve their career prospects.

      Thousands of tourists visit the Paarl-Franschhoek Valley each year and the South African hospitality industry is growing at a steady pace, offering many potential areas of interest to the youth of our valley.

      To share in our excitement about this great programme, keep your eye on our blog and Facebook page for updates about their journey.

      We are so grateful to our sponsors who have made a valuable contribution to the initiative.

      Poloworld

      Poloworld designed the exclusive Val de Vie Polo Club Collection in collaboration with the estate. They are also the official Casablanca Polo agents in South Africa supplying Polo equipment to the Polo community." Please visit their online store at www.shop.poloworld.co.za.

      Courier Crew Shuttle Service

      We thank the Courier Crew Shuttle Service for sponsoring the Transport to and from the estate to ensure our Men from Mbekweni travel safely and timely during their Journey with us at Val de Vie Estate. Contact them at info@couriercrew.co.za.


    • Hope Through Action helps out at the Val de Vie Market

      Posted on April 17, 2014 by Admin

      Val de Vie hosted another successful Market on Sunday 13 April. Apart from the tempting stalls, family activities and music by Heinz Winckler, what made this market extra special was the participants from our Hope Through Action programme who helped out at the event.

      The aim of the initiative to invest in the less fortunate youth of our valley and to share our knowledge with them. In doing so, we can help the candidates to access new career opportunities and to create renewed hope for their future.

      We are so grateful to our sponsors, Poloworld and Courier Crew, for their valuable help.

      Poloworld

      Poloworld designed the exclusive Val de Vie Polo Club Collection in collaboration with the estate. They are also the official Casablanca Polo agents in South Africa supplying Polo equipment to the Polo community. Please visit their online store at www.shop.poloworld.co.za.

      Courier Crew

      We are also so grateful to Kobie Malan from Courier Crew and Shuttle Crew, who provided free transport for the guys. For more information about their services, call 021 872 8460 or visit their website.

      Here are some fun photos of the day, including shots from a popular photo booth for visitors to enjoy.


    • On trend with toile

      Posted on April 16, 2014 by Simone de Wet

      "Toile de Jouy" or "toile", is a beautiful type of decorating pattern consisting of a white or off-white background coupled with floral or country-inspired prints. Colours can range from blue, black to dark red. We love how it can be applied from stationery to cakes, creating an elegantly classic look.

      All images from Loverly


    • Top event trends for 2014

      Posted on April 15, 2014 by Simone de Wet

      Arthur Backal from New York-based event company Backal Management Group has some wonderful insights into the top event trends for 2014. The Val de Vie Events team has already been inspired by some of these trends and we can't wait to try them all.

      Food & Beverage

      Healthier Snacks for New Year’s Resolutions

      As people become more health aware, sweets and unhealthy snacks are far less popular at events. Granola bars, fruit and other healthy snacks are in. Guests feel better with healthier snacks such as nuts, energy bars or fruit.

      Mini-everything


      Mini desserts have been a popular option for a while, but the trend is extending to make all meals “mini.” The Backal team offers mini breakfast pastries and yogurt parfaits with breakfast. “People don’t want to feel like they’re missing out,” Backal said. “They want a bit of everything. We serve small portions of everything so you can get a little taste.”

      This plays into...

      Sampling rather than heavy buffets


      Heavy buffet dinners are limiting, Backal noted, and do not convey “fresh” or “local.” Instead, he recommends interactive stations with small plates to let guests sample a wide range of options. “Give people a little taste,” Backal said. “Have a variety.”

      Technology

      Registration via iPads for Check In

      Although paper registration is a comfortable fallback, it allows for a issues such as missing or misspelled names and having to reprint attendee lists. Electronic lists, on the other hand, are easy to update and can be transferred seamlessly between devices, making a planner’s job smoother during a hectic meeting.

      Which plays into...

      iPads instead of Pen and Paper

      Pen and paper are out. Today, companies provide their attendees with iPads to take important notes for the day, or install tablets in shared lounge spaces where guests can check email and take a quick break from the workday. “It helps the overall aesthetic and keeps things focused on what’s happening,” Backal said. “This is better for the environment, and it appeals to tech-savvy companies.”

      Set-up & Décor

      Creating the Atmosphere

      “Uplighting” is in and transforms a ballroom to a lounge, turning a function room into a party. Creative colors can pick up on company’s logos or client’s theme. “You can transform a space in an effective way,” Backal said, “and it can help with economics without going into over-the-top decor."

      Social Seating

      Generic classroom seating is out and can feel crowded and boring. Instead, consider interactive setups such as clusters, round circles or small tables.These alternative seating styles encourage interaction, mingling and a sense of inclusion.

      Content courtesy of internationalmeetingsreview.com


    • D'Ore glams up its store for the Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters

      Posted on April 10, 2014 by Admin

      We love this in-store activation that D'Ore created for the Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters. D'Ore offers luxury fashion brands such as Armani, Emilio Pucci and Escada, making it the perfect place to find beautiful items that are at the cutting edge of trends. Visit the D'Ore website for more information about this premium store.


    • The Veuve Clicqout Masters Polo 2014 in Get It Cape Town Magazine

      Posted on April 10, 2014 by Admin

      The April edition of Get It Cape Town Magazine has a fantastic overview of the annual Veuve Clicqout Masters Polo Cape Town, which was held at Val de Vie Estate in March. As the articles show, the event was attended by a host of glamorous celebs such as Locnville, Cindy Nell, Jen Su, Dion Chang, Christiaan Gabriël Du Toit and Jeannie Dee. What a stunning day!


    • Ryk Neethling chats to Radio Tygerberg about the Market at Val de Vie

      Posted on April 9, 2014 by Admin

      Ryk Neethling recently chatted to Radio Tygerberg about the Market at Val de Vie that's taking place this Sunday on 13 April 2014.

      It's going to be a day packed with fun things to do! Apart from delicious foods and beautiful goods that will be on sale, Heinz Winckler will be providing wonderful musical entertainment. 4x4 enthusiasts have the unique opportunity to test drive the latest range of Jeep models at Val de Vie's amazing new 4x4 trail. Either bring your 4x4 or book a test drive in the Jeep Wrangler. It's sure to be an exciting outdoor event! View the event details now.

      Click here t0 listen to the interview.


    • Val de Vie Estate's Hospitality Internship Program

      Posted on April 9, 2014 by Admin

      Val de Vie Estate is looking forward to welcoming seven young men from Mbekweni Hope Through Action into our Hospitality Internship Program.

      Hosted by the Val de Vie Events team, the program launches on 13 April 2014. The aim is to invest in the less fortunate youth of our valley and to share our knowledge with them. In doing so, we can help the candidates to access new career opportunities and to create renewed hope for their future.

      We believe that with the necessary training and practical experience, we can impart key business principals that will empower candidates to apply for positions within the industry. They will be motivated, confident and geared to improve their career prospects.

      Thousands of tourists visit the Paarl-Franschhoek Valley each year and the South African hospitality industry is growing at a steady pace, offering many potential areas of interest to the youth of our valley.

      To share in our excitement about this great program, keep your eye on our blog and Facebook page for updates about their journey.


    • Kara and Dirk tie the knot at Val de Vie

      Posted on April 8, 2014 by Admin

      A year ago Val de Vie formed part of The South African Wedding Show wedding competition, which is worth a dazzling R800 000. Hosted in association with Die Burger, the competition offers incredible prizes to make the perfect wedding day. This past weekend we were thrilled to celebrated with the winning couple, Kara and Dirk, who both looked amazing on special big day.

      Val de Vie Events wishes them all the best in their future together.


    • Experience the Val de Vie 4x4 Trail with Jeep this Sunday

      Posted on April 7, 2014 by Admin

      4x4 enthusiasts have the unique opportunity to test drive the latest range of Jeep models at Val de Vie's amazing new 4x4 trail. Either bring your 4x4 or book a test drive in the Jeep Wrangler. It's sure to be an exciting outdoor event! Interested? View the event details now.

      The Jeep® Wrangler has proven off-road capability. It's the original trailblazer, fortified with components that give you the freedom to Go Anywhere, Do Anything™. Whether your quest for adventure takes you over rocks, through water,3 or onto roads buried in fresh snow, Wrangler’s unmatched capability holds true for all who take the wheel. View Jeep's Brochure to find out more.

      The Market at Val de Vie will also be in full swing, so be sure to swing by and enjoy the fresh foods, beautiful goods and fun family activities.

      Book today by emailing jacques@rolagrp.co.za or call 021 840 1726.


    • Val de Vie Estate welcomes Perfect China and former President FW de Klerk

      Posted on April 3, 2014 by Admin

      Val de Vie Estate welcomed 250 delegates from Perfect China, numerous dignitaries and former President FW de Klerk for the opening of the spectacular new L'Huguenot cellar on Val de Vie. The original wine cellar and manor house dating back to 1783 was refurbished and expanded and opened at a formal ceremony on Monday night. Perfect Wines of SA, a partnership between Hein Koegelenberg of Leopard's Leap and La Motte and Perfect China purchased the wine cellar and 25ha wine farm in a landmark deal in 2013, which will see it become the focus of the huge wine export market to the far east. In 2013 Perfect China imported more than 3 million bottles of South African wine.

      Delegates enjoyed traditional South African entertainment, traditional Cape Wineland food and of course wines from the L'Huguenot cellar. Former President De Klerk welcomes the Chinese delegates and listed the achievements of South Africa since democracy and painted a positive picture about its future and assured the directors of Perfect China that their sizable investment are in good hands.

      Mr & Mrs Martin Venter & Hein Koegelenberg

      Hein Koegelenberg, Mr Woo Swee Lian, Andre Dempers, Richard Kennard, Mr Steven Hsu

      Ryk Neethling, Gesie van Deventer & Hein Koegelenberg

      Mr Hein Koegelenberg with Mr FW de Klerk and Mr & Mrs Alan Winde

      Mr Hein Koegelenberg, Mrs Hanneli Rupert-Koegelenberg, Mr & Mrs FW de Klerk toast

      Mr Hein Koegelenberg, Mrs Hanneli Rupert-Koegelenberg, Mr & Mrs FW de Klerk, Mr Woo Swee Lian




    • Experience the Val de Vie 4x4 Trail with Jeep

      Posted on April 3, 2014 by Admin

      4x4 enthusiasts have the unique opportunity to test drive the latest range of Jeep model at Val de Vie's amazing new 4x4 trail. Either bring your 4x4 or book a test drive in the Jeep Wrangler. It's sure to be an exciting outdoor event!

      The Market at Val de Vie will also be in full swing, so be sure to swing by and enjoy the fresh foods, beautiful goods and fun family activities.

      Book today by emailing jacques@rolagrp.co.za or call 021 840 1726.


    • The Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters 2014 caught on camera

      Posted on April 1, 2014 by Admin

      We love this video of the Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters 2014 by KOLLIG TV, which beautifully sums up the glamour, luxury and excitement of this prestigious event.


    • Lezanne and Andre's wedding at Val de Vie

      Posted on March 31, 2014 by Admin

      Lezanne and Andre celebrated their wedding at Val de Vie and we are delighted to share some photos of their big day, taken by the talented Charl Smith. View more photos on Agape Studio's website.


    • Jen Su visits the 4th annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters 2014

      Posted on March 31, 2014 by Admin

      5FM and SABC 3 Hollywood reporter Jen Su attended the 4th annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters 2014 which was held at Val de Vie Estate. People Magazine has all the details about her experience of the event, from rubbing shoulders with celebs such as Roxy Louw, Jeannie D and Locnville to checking out the latest trends worn by the fashionable crowd. We look forward to seeing you again next year, Jen Su!


    • DSTV Presents The UB40 SA Tour Ft. Ali Campbell, Giving Fans More Than Just Music

      Posted on March 27, 2014 by Admin

      JOHANNESBURG VIP TICKETS SOLD OUT

      HEART 104.9 FM AND KAYA FM TO GIVEAWAY A SIGNED UB40 GUITAR TO THEIR BIGGEST UB40 FAN

      With just over a week to go until UB40, featuring the original voice of Ali Campbell, perform live in Cape Town and Johannesburg, concert goers have been warming up their vocal chords to sing along to the hit songs of the legendary group. VIP tickets in Johannesburg have officially sold out and only a few of Cape Town’s VIP tickets are left.

      The two shows will be hosted by popular personalities from radio media partners Heart 104.9 FM in Cape Town and Kaya FM 95.9 in Johannesburg, bringing their beat and flavour to the shows for fans to enjoy. Heart 104.9 FM will also be doing an outside broadcast at Val De Vie Estate, connecting fans directly to the concert experience. Not only will they have loads of great giveaways at the events, Heart 104.9 FM and Kaya FM 95.9 will also be giving away a signed limited edition UB40 guitar on air over the next week to one lucky fan from each city. Tune in to Heart 104.9 FM in Cape Town and Kaya FM 95.9 in Johannesburg to hear how you can stand a chance of winning this outstanding prize, along with tickets to the concert.

      The beautiful settings of Val De Vie Estate in Paarl and Emmarentia Dam in Joburg will be the perfect backdrops for what promises to be fun-filled concert experiences for the family. Both shows will feature a special appearance from the iconic Mango Groove along with Hot Water and Trenton & Free Radical in Cape Town, and Freshlyground and Michael Lowman in Joburg. Ali Campbell, the original voice of UB40, along with Astro and Mickey, will perform hit songs like ‘Red Red Wine’, ‘Kingston Town” and ‘I Got You, Babe’, which have made them a household name across the globe.

      Get your tickets now to one of the most talked about tours to hit South Africa in 2014 and be a part of UB40’s world tour.

      Please note: Picnic baskets with food and snacks are allowed into the venues but absolutely no liquids or drinks whatsoever.

      CAPE TOWN LINE-UP:

      UB40 ft Ali Campbell, Mango Groove, Hot Water, Trenton & the Free Radical

      Gates open: 15h30 in Cape Town and at 11h30 in Joburg
      Concert starts: 17h45 in Cape Town and 12h00 in Joburg
      Concert ends: 23h00 in Cape Town and 18h00 in Joburg
      Duration: 07hours 30 mins in Cape Town and 06 hours 30 mins in Joburg

      Tickets:  General Admission: R395 VIP: R1495

      Friday 4 April

      Cape Town: http://www.webtickets.co.za/event.aspx?itemid=409563846

      Follow UB40 SA Tour on Facebook for further announcements, and listen out to Heart 104.9 FM and Kaya FM 95.9. Keep an eye on their social pages and website for more information on the events.

      #UB40SA
      #DStvUB40

      LINKS

      https://www.facebook.com/UB40TourSouthAfrica
      https://www.youtube.com/weareseed1

      https://twitter.com/SeedExperiences
      http://www.1049.fm/

      http://www.facebook.com/Heart104.9FM

      http://www.youtube.com/user/HeartFM1049
      https://twitter.com/Heart1049FM

      UB40 links:

      http://ub40.org/
      https://www.facebook.com/WeAreUB40
      https://twitter.com/WeAreUB40


    • How Ryk Neethling became a businessman (and turned down R50m along the way)

      Posted on March 26, 2014 by Admin

      Bruce Whitfield talks to Olympic gold medallist Ryk Neethling about his journey from Olympic gold medallist and world record holder to prosperous property developer. Read the full interview below, or listen to it on Mattr.biz.

      “My father’s name is also ‘Ryk’. We’re a bunch of optimists,” jokes Olympic gold medallist turned property developer Ryk Neethling.

      Ryk Neethling wasn’t always “ryk” (literally meaning “rich” in Afrikaans). “It was never my ambition to become a professional swimmer. All I ever wanted was to go to the Olympics and, when I went to my first one, I wanted to win a medal. I dreamt of swimming and studying in America.”

      All that changed in 2004. Ryk was soon to become very, very “ryk” indeed.

      Neethling’s soul not for sale

      “It was going to be my last Olympics. I quit once already and 2004 was going to be my last shot.” Then, in three minutes and 13 seconds, he smashed the world record and everythingchanged. There was to be no quitting for Neethling.

      “I had nothing before that,” says Neethling. “I received $250 a month from four businessmen – that was the only support I had – so I had $1000 a month. I did it purely for the love of it and for myself. I put it all on the line and did it to the best of ability.”

      His best was more than enough. Agents and sponsors burst from the woodwork, yet Neethling was not dazzled by dollar signs. In 2005 he was offered R50-million to swim for Qatar, an offer he turned down.

      “I was at my peak and the South African flag on my swimsuit and on my cap made the difference between where I used to be and where I was,” says the patriotic Neethling. “I was never going to give that up.”

      Property in Neethling’s blood

      Property has always been in Neethling’s blood. He did a realtor certificate in Arizona and nowadays he’s a director and major shareholder at Valde Vie Estate, a big polo lifestyle estate just outside of Paarl.

      “It’s going really well at Val de Vie. Last year we had 130 sales and we’re pretty much sold out.”

      Neethling is also bottling his own wine under the Val de Vie label and recently did a huge export deal to China. “The wine business in South Africa is tough – there are so many big players – but it’s a very good wine and so far it’s worked for us.”

      In addition to real estate and wine Neethling also owns four swimming academies. “It’s a nice little business and it feels really good to give back. But, for me, it’s more about seeing a kid swimming a length for the first time than seeing one of my swimmers win a gold medal.”

      Neethling is Cameron van der Burgh’s commercial manager. “I get him sponsorships and I mentor him. I’ve been through it all, so I give him advice on how to act and where to go and what not to do. He makes me very nervous when he does things like face Dale Steyn at the Wanderers, but it’s mostly a pleasure to be his manager.”

      Western Cape increasingly attractive to upcountry buyers

      “You should see some of the homes that are selling here in Cape Town!” exclaims Neethling. “It’s astonishing. Our market can easily shake off rising interest rates, so we’re looking to develop quite a bit more land. Everything is working for us.

      “Here in the Western Cape we don’t have potholes and people are coming down here in droves. More than half our buyers come from Gauteng and we don’t foresee this changing.

      “It’s looking very good in the Western Cape; things work. It’s a recipe of good schools, it’s safe and in about four hours you can be in Sandton and you can do your business. I am very excited about our future.”


    • All that glitters: Add some sparkle to your wedding day

      Posted on March 24, 2014 by Elsje Human

      Just like a twinkling diamond ring, there's something so gorgeous about adding a dash of shine to your wedding decor. The Val de Vie Events team loves how glittering textures add a sense of glamour and fun at the same time. Just remember, the key to this look is subtlety: don't make every square inch sparkle, rather use shiny elements as accents.

      Sequins and Swarovski crystals make beautiful embellishments on dresses or accessories, while a glittered pair of heels looks absolutely magical. Jazz up table settings with these elements too, from the napkin rings and runners to the hems of tablecloths.

      Food can also get the sparkly treatments. Imagine marshmallows dipped in sugar crystals, or perhaps silver cupcake sprinkles. There are many ways to bring the look to life, so sparkle on!


    • Heinz Winckler is coming to the Market at Val de Vie!

      Posted on March 20, 2014 by Admin

      Join us on Sunday 13 April for another wonderful day of delicious food, beautiful wares, fun family activities and great entertainment. The Market at Val de Vie is always a wonderful day out and on Sunday 13 April is promises to be even better with Heinz Winckler's musical talent. We can't wait!


    • Mmm... we love mini cakes

      Posted on March 19, 2014 by Nadia Valentyn

      These gorgeous mini cakes were created by the ever so talented Maggie from Edible Art for Simone and Nick's wedding on 8 March 2014.

      We think that the cakes make the perfect personalised thank you gift - they can be made in a multitude of colours and styles. Of course, they taste incredible too!


    • Here's to chic corporate cocktail parties

      Posted on March 14, 2014 by Elsje Human

      Daiquiris that delight, scenery that enchants, canapes that can't be resisted...  A chic cocktail function at Val de Vie is a great way to entertain clients and treat them to something truly unique. Sip on a delicious drink while watching an exciting polo match, or simply sit back and enjoy the beautiful views of the polo fields and vast mountains.

      Contact us at events@valdevie.co.za or 021 863 6100 for more information.


    • Lacy loveliness

      Posted on March 13, 2014 by Nadia Valentyn

      There is no easier way to add a romantic touch to a wedding than with beautiful lace. Add lace detailing to your dress or veil, or perhaps don a pair of feminine lacy shoes. We love the idea of wrapping lace around jars as a pretty decor element. You could also tie lace around your bouquet, or wear a delicate headband.


    • A few of my favourite things

      Posted on March 12, 2014 by Elsje Oosthuizen


      "Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens
      Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens
      Brown paper packages tied up with strings
      These are a few of my favourite things!"

      We all know that catchy song from The Sound of Music, so here are a few of my favourite things: gardens weddings, a colourful burst of fresh flowers, beautiful trees and a romantic celebration that carries on late into the night.


    • The Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo Cape Town 2014 on video

      Posted on March 12, 2014 by Admin

      The Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo Cape Town 2014 was a great success, celebrating the finer things in life: polo, French Champagne, luxurious Bentley cars, high fashion and delectable